Botanist's Glossary

Senna - Cassia angustifolia

  • Description
    • Senna (Fabaceae family) is a small shrub from North East Africa and the Middle East. It has composite leaves, clusters of yellow flowers, and flat, translucent pods that hold 5 to 10 seeds. Senna spread as a result of Medieval Arabic medicine and was recommended by the Prophet Mohammed himself. In ancient Western medicine, this plant was a very important purgative.
  • Traditions
    • Senna spread through tropical regions at the time of the colonies. While it may not be as much in vogue as it once was, it continues to be one of the most imported medicinal plants. These days, senna is used externally to treat skin problems.
  • Properties
    • Senna seed extract is rich in polysaccharides. It helps to maintain the skin’s hydration by forming a protective film on its surface. It also helps the skin to retain its suppleness.