Part of Plant Used



Root

Why buy licorice?



Adds, flavor and a sweetening agent

Origin



Africa

Active Ingredients



Asparagin, Flavonoids, Triterpene saponins, Sterols, Coumarins, Polysaccharides
Licorice, also called sweet root, is a member of the pea family that is native to Asia and southern Europe. The root of the plant contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that is up to 50 times sweeter than table sugar. The root, which is harvested from second or third year specimens, is dried for use in making teas, infusions and decoctions. 

Background:
Licorice has been known as a sweet additive that is used in all types of candy. It is thought to be as much as 50 times sweeter than sugar. However, licorice has many more valuable uses than as a sweetening agent.












Licorice is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can help to sooth arthritis. It
also works to help the stomach make more mucus for its lining. This
reduces problems with upset stomach, ulcers, and acid indigestion. As
you'll see, licorice can be a valuable herbal medication for your overall
good health.

Applications:
​Anti-inflammatory/Expectorant/Laxative/Adrenal
agent/DemulcentLicorice is primarily used to treat problems with the
digestive system.

Digestion: Licorice helps to sooth the mucosae linings of the stomach and intestines. This helps to prevent ulcers and other
inflammations.












Expectorant:
​Licorice helps to thin mucus making it valuable ​for asthma and other chest problems.

​Adrenal gland: Licorice causes the adrenal glands to produce hormones. This is helpful for someone with low adrenal function.
Laxative: Licorice can be used to relieve constipation.
Canker sores: Licorice can help to soothe canker sores.

​Description: Licorice is a plant that is native to Europe and Asia. However, cultivated in many other places. When the plant reaches three or four years old, the root is pulled up. The plant itself is a woody perennial that can grow up to 6 feet high with purple flowers.

Dosage: As a tincture, mix 1/2 tsp with 100 ml water and take twice daily.
​As a powder, rub directly on canker sores to provide relief.As a decoction, drink 1 cup twice daily for constipation.
A dried juice stick may be chewed to relieve problems with digestion.

​Safety: If you have anemia, high blood pressure, or are pregnant, you should not take licorice. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.

​Liquorice or licorice (/ˈlɪk(ə)rɪʃ/ lik-(ə-)rish or /ˈlɪk(ə)rɪs/ lik-(ə-)ris) is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra from which a somewhat sweet flavor can be extracted. The licorice plant is a legume that is native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. It is not botanically related to anise, star anise, or fennel, which are sources of similar flavoring compounds. 

​The compound glycyrrhizin (or glycyrrhizic acid), found in licorice, has been proposed as being useful for liver protection in tuberculosis therapy, however evidence does not support this use. Glycyrrhizin has also demonstrated antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, and blood-pressure increasing effects in vitro and in vivo, as is supported by the finding that intravenous glycyrrhizin (as if it is given orally very little of the original drug makes it into circulation) slows the progression of viral and autoimmune hepatitis. Liquorice has also demonstrated promising activity in one clinical trial, when applied topically, against atopic dermatitis. Additionally licorice has also proven itself effective in treating hyperlipidaemia (a high amount of fats in the blood). Licorice has also demonstrated efficacy in treating inflammation-induced skin hyperpigmentation. Licorice may also be useful in preventing neurodegenerative disordersand cavities. Anti-ulcer, laxative, anti-diabetic, anti-iInflammatory, immunomodulatory, antitumour and expectorant properties of licorice have also been noted. 

​In traditional Chinese medicine, licorice is commonly used in herbal formulae to "harmonize" the other ingredients in the formula and to carry the formula to the twelve "regular meridians".Licorice may be useful in conventional and naturopathic medicine for both mouth ulcers and peptic
ulcers

Licorice, China

​​Glycyrrhiza glabra