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.
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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.