The Health Benefits of Cassia Alata

The Cassia Alata, senna, candelabra tree or Dartier is native to Mexico and can be found in Martinique, South America, India, and Africa.

The shrub is 3-4 meters tall, with leaves 50-80 cm long. The plant blooms from November to January in Martinique. The flowers are large, in long yellow-orange spikes. The inflorescence resembles a yellow candle hence its nickname candelabra tree. Leaves and flowers have a bad smell.

It is a plant that likes altitude and is considered an invasive species in different countries. In Sri Lanka, known as Ranawara (රණවරා), it is used as an ingredient in traditional Sinhalese medicine.

The treasure of Cassia Alata

The leaves of the shrub are the real wealth of this plant because in reality, the benefits are not in the flowers contrary to what might suggest their fabulous color. Around the world, traditional medicine agrees that it is THE plant for dermatoses. The leaves of Cassia alata are used to treat skin diseases.

Traditional medicinal use of weed grass

If she also bears the name of Dartrier is that she heals dartres.

But more generally it is a friend of the skin and the enemy of all kinds of dermatoses. Against mycosis of the skin, scabs, herpes, scabies, eczema, dandruff in the hair, lotha spots, impetigo, ringworm, ulcers, psoriasis, erythema all the authors specialized in natural medicine agree to highlight the effectiveness crushed fresh leaves to be in direct contact with the lesions (or only their juice).

Leaves baths were traditionally made in Martinique, in association with other plants such as gliricidia or cheese. More elaborate ointment preparations are also used. In the absence of fresh plants, you can use dried powdered leaves to which a little water is added to form a paste.

The internal route may also be considered, but for a short time because of its laxative effect and intestinal lesions that it can cause. Again, it is the leaves that are acclaimed by the various authors, here to treat constipation and stomachaches, there for liver problems (liver, biliary flow, jaundice or jaundice) thanks to its cholagogues and perform purges. In the West Indies, Longuefosse specifies that the infusion of the leaves is reputed to "clean the blood".

Pierre Saulnier notes in his book "Medicinal plants and cares in Africa" ​​ use of the roots of Cassia alata against worms (Ascaris).

In India, the leaf decoction is an expectorant.

The bark is used as a fishing poison and to tan leather.

Cassia alata, an ornamental plant that attracts pests

For this reason, the General Council's experimentation station has planted it: to attract them, because it is well known, many insects, those who ravage crops, adore flowering plants of bright colors, yellow, oranges. Hence the idea of ​​planting them close to the crops we want to protect.

Nevertheless, it would tend to become a weed mixed with pastures, it could even be toxic for goats.

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