Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) is ten times sweeter than sugar. It is used in folk medicine as a medicinal plant for the liver and cough. At the same time, it is used in medicines to cover their bitter taste.

Available as cut radix and powder.

Description

General Informations

Liquorice or Licorice (Latin name: Glycyrrhiza Glabra) belongs to the Fabaceae family. It is a perennial plant and blooms from June to July. It grows mainly in West Asia and Southern Europe. Its roots offer a sweet and fragrant taste and are more than ten times sweeter than sugar. As for their cultivation, the roots are grown in autumn and when they reach the age of 3 to 4 years they are dried for later use. Raw root consumption is toxic but after a drying process, it is safe to consume.

Licorice’s Health Benefits and Uses

In Western traditional medicine, Licorice has been used for many years as a medicinal plant but also as a means to cover the unpleasant taste of other medicines. It detoxifies and protects the liver and is a powerful anti-inflammatory for it and has anti-rheumatic properties similar to cortisone. The roots of the plant have been shown to have anti-estrogenic action, ie they regulate estrogen metabolism.

Furthermore, it is used in cough medicines due to the expectorant properties of the plant. It is a mild laxative, helping to treat infectious system infections. Due to its anti-inflammatory action, it is also used to treat estrophageal ulcers. Finally, it can be used as a relaxant, although in large quantities it can be turned into a drug.
It should generally be used in moderation and should not be consumed by pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, people with kidney disease, or people taking digoxin-containing medications, as it interacts with several drugs. Prolonged use can cause fluid retention and even increase blood pressure.

Available as

  • cut radix and
  • powder.

Origin: E.E. / India

Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.