Discover the benefits and properties of the Sacred Shell

The Cascara Sagrada It is a medicinal plant that belongs to the family of the "Ramnaceae", and its scientific name is "Rhamnus Purshiana" This plant has beneficial medicinal properties for our organism among which we highlight: hepatoprotective, soft purgative, mild laxative and also as a bitter tonic.

On the other hand, we can also discover the active principles of the Sacred Cascara, among which stand out: anthraquinones, tannins and essential oil. To prepare the various natural remedies with Cascara Sagrada dry bark is used.

It is a medicinal plant that can be accompanied by other plants with carminative properties such as cumin, green anise, and use in infusion to calm gas cramps and reduce flatulence.

This plant is also effective to combat constipation, as it helps tone the relaxed muscles of the digestive system, also helps to relieve stomach pain.

For cases of constipation, the Sacred Cascara should only be used at specific moments, a few days, only for occasional constipation. In case of persisting constipation we should consult with the doctor.

The treatments that are carried out with Cáscara Sagrada is not advisable to do it more than 7 days. The Holy Shell can be obtained in herbalists, parapharmacies, natural products stores and also in online stores.

Natural remedies with Sacred Cascara

How to prepare an infusion of Sacred Cascara

To prepare this infusion of Holy Shell we need:

  • 2 grams of dried bark.
  • A cup of mineral water.


We put the water in a saucepan to the fire to boil it.

Once it starts to boil add the shell of Holy Shell.

Turn off the heat, cover the infusion and let it rest for 10 minutes.

We strain the infusion and let it warm.

The infusion of Cascara sagrada is bitter, we can give it a sweet touch with a teaspoon of honey, brown sugar cane or stevia.

From this infusion we will only drink one cup per day and no more than 7 days.

How to prepare a decoction of Holy Shell

The decoction of Holy Shell will be prepared as follows:

  • One or two teaspoons of dried bark of Holy Cascara.
  • A cup of mineral water.

We boil the water and when it starts to boil we lower the fire and add the sagrada cascara, let infuse for 10 minutes. We connect the decoction and let it warm.

Take a cup before bedtime. No more than 7 days

Contraindications of the Sacred Cascara

The Sacred Cascara should not be consumed frequently, and before consuming it, we should consult with the therapeutic professionals or with the doctor.

The Sacred Cascara is contraindicated in the following cases:

  • In case of chronic constipation.
  • In case of pregnancy.
  • During breastfeeding
  • In children under 12 years old.
  • If you have heart disease.
  • Heart failure.
  • Hypertension.
  • In case of suffering from kidney diseases: kidney failure, nephritis, inflamed bladder.
  • In case of intestinal diseases: Crohn's disease, colitis, diverticulitis, intestinal obstruction.
  • Liver failure.
  • During menstruation
  • Treatments with anticoagulants.
  • Do not take with other diuretic medications.
This article is published for informational purposes only. You can not and should not replace the consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist. ThemesMedicinal plants