Get the bowels moving with this Dried Fruit & Senna Leaf balls Recipe
By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, Registered Aromatherapist, LMT, RYT
Dried Fruit & Senna Leaf Balls Recipe Ingredients
1/4 pound of fig
1/4 pound of prune
1/4 pound of raisins
1/4 pound of dates
1/2 ounce of dried senna leaves ground
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger root minced
1/2 cup coconut shreds
Dried Fruit & Senna Leaf Balls Recipe Instructions
Mix all but the coconut shreds together in a food processor. Roll into about 30 one inch balls. Roll the balls into the coconut shreads. Serving size = one ball.
Dried Fruit & Senna Leaf Balls Recipe Research
This review of research suggests senna is a safe laxative without genotoxic, carcinogenic, or digestive muscle risk. From: Morales, M. A., Hernández, D., Bustamante, S., Bachiller, I., & Rojas, A. (2009). Is senna laxative use associated to cathartic colon, genotoxicity, or carcinogenicity?. Journal of toxicology, 2009.
Bulk laxative plus senna was efficient in the treatment for constipation in geriatric patients. From: Kinnunen, O., Winblad, I., Koistinen, P., & Salokannel, J. (1993). Safety and efficacy of a bulk laxative containing senna versus lactulose in the treatment of chronic constipation in geriatric patients. Pharmacology, 47(Suppl. 1), 253-255.
Psyllium with senna improved bowel movements in constipated ambulatory patients. From: Marlett, J. A., Li, U. K., Patrow, C. J., & Bass, P. (1987). Comparative laxation of psyllium with and without senna in an ambulatory constipated population. American journal of gastroenterology, 82(4).
A blend of Pimpinella anisum (anise), Foeniculum vulgare (fennel), Sambucus nigra (elderberry), and Cassia angustifolia had a laxative efficacy and was a safe alternative option for the treatment of constipation. From: Picon, P. D., Picon, R. V., Costa, A. F., Sander, G. B., Amaral, K. M., Aboy, A. L., & Henriques, A. T. (2010). Randomized clinical trial of a phytotherapic compound containing Pimpinella anisum, Foeniculum vulgare, Sambucus nigra, and Cassia augustifolia for chronic constipation. BMC complementary and alternative medicine, 10(1), 1.
Ginger, peppermint, aniseed and fennel, citrus fruits, dandelion and artichoke, melissa and chamomile have digestive enhancing activities. From: Valussi, M. (2012). Functional foods with digestion-enhancing properties. International journal of food sciences and nutrition, 63(sup1), 82-89. Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09637486.2011.627841
The following methanol extracts showed activity against Helicobacter pylori which causes gastrointestinal disorders: Myristica fragrans (nutmeg seed), Zingiber officinale (ginger root), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary leaf), Achillea millefolium (yarrow), Foeniculum vulgare (fennel seed), Passiflora incarnata (passionflower), Origanum majorana (oregano), and others. From: Mahady, G. B., Pendland, S. L., Stoia, A., Hamill, F. A., Fabricant, D., Dietz, B. M., & Chadwick, L. R. (2005). In vitro susceptibility of Helicobacter pylori to botanical extracts used traditionally for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Phytotherapy research, 19(11), 988-991.
The antioxidant activity of gallic acid and the inhibitory activity of cinnamic acid against Helicobacter pylori found in ginger rhizomes contributed to its gastroprotective ability. From: Nanjundaiah, S. M., Annaiah, H. N. M., & Dharmesh, S. M. (2011). Gastroprotective effect of ginger rhizome (Zingiber officinale) extract: role of gallic acid and cinnamic acid in H. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2011.
Ginger had a gastroprotective and anti-ulcerogenic effect in rats. From: Al-Yahya, M. A., Rafatullah, S., Mossa, J. S., Ageel, A. M., Parmar, N. S., & Tariq, M. (1989). Gastroprotective activity of ginger zingiber officinale rosc., in albino rats. The American journal of Chinese medicine, 17(01n02), 51-56.
Ginger had a protective effect in rats induced with gastric ulcers, likely related to gingerol and shogaol constituents. From: Wang, Z., Hasegawa, J., Wang, X., Matsuda, A., Tokuda, T., Miura, N., & Watanabe, T. (2011). Protective effects of ginger against aspirin-induced gastric ulcers in rats. Yonago acta medica, 54(1), 11.
In a review of four human trials, prunes helped to alleviate constipation; more research is necessary. Lever, E., Cole, J., Scott, S. M., Emery, P. W., & Whelan, K. (2014). Systematic review: the effect of prunes on gastrointestinal function. Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics, 40(7), 750-758.