Latin name: Glycyrrhiza glabra
Health Benefits of Licorice Root
Licorice Root has a wonderful flavor, and is helpful with coughs and sore throats. It is also outstanding for adrenal exhaustion. It is also used to enhance the flavors of other herbal tea blends. Health benefits include:
- Is a great expectorant. It can be used to help promote mucous production, and is a great treatment for coughs, respiratory infections, and other congestive issues.
- Stimulates the adrenal glands, which helps the body to cope with stress. Use over a period of weeks or months to help stimulate the adrenals.
- One of the best known herbs for treating hypoglycemia as it helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
- It is an all around immune system stimulant that increases the generation and activity of white blood cells, stimulates interferon production in the body, and enhances antibody formation.
- Known for its estrogenic effects, which make it useful as an herb for menopausal symptoms.
- Acts as a natural cortisone, or as a hormone that takes the place of cortisone. This makes it useful for treating Addison’s disease.
- Known for its anti-ulcer activity, making it a choice herb for both stomach and duodenal ulceration.
- Has shown strong resistance against cancerous tumors and offers some protection from the effects of radiation.
- Evidence shows that it stimulates the thymus gland, one of the most important organs in the immune system.
- In studies has shown distinct anti-fatigue and anti-stress activity.
- Helps to strengthen the heart and circulatory system.
- Because of its natural sweetness, it is very helpful in masking the taste of many bitter herbs in a liquid formula without destroying their therapeutic effects.
- Helps injured voice muscles, and helps voice improvement either for hoarseness or throat damage.
How to Use Licorice Root
- Most commonly used in tea and tincture combinations. It imparts a wonderful, sweet flavor.
- Often used in children’s remedies as it offers a sweet flavor.
- Blend with Astragalus Root, Sarsaparilla Root, Burdock Root, and Dandelion Root for adrenals.
- Make a syrup with Elecampane Root for deep-seated bronchial inflammation.
Cautions and Side Effects of Licorice Root
- Avoid using in large quantities.
- People suffering from cardiac problems and hypertension should avoid consumption of significant quantities of licorice.
- Should not use if you are pregnant or nursing.
- Safe for children.
- Avoid if you have cirrhosis of the liver or those with kidney or bladder problems.
Fun Facts About Licorice Root
- Licorice is said to be 50 times sweeter than sugar, and is used often for sweetening candy. The flavor that is normally associated with licorice is really not licorice at all, but anise.