The scientific name for licorice root is Glycyrrhiza and means “sweet root”. It contains a compound that can be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar. So, it’s not surprising that people think of the confectionery by the same name.
Licorice is a perennial herb that’s native to the Mediterranean, and has been prized for its medicinal properties for centuries. Its use has been documented in Egypt, Arabia, Greece, China and India.
- It is used in herbal medicine to reduce coughs and other symptoms of colds;
- The roots are made into a soothing, sweet licorice flavored tea;
- It can be taken for stomach ulcers and heartburn.
- It may be used alongside other herbal extracts like peppermint and chamomile;
- It can be used in combination with other herbs to treat prostate cancer and eczema.
- It can be used as a natural skin lightening alternative;
- Can provide immediate relief in case of an asthma attack;
- Boosts your immune system helping to combat malaria, bronchitis, hepatits, herpes and tuberculosis;
- Drinking licorice root tea assists with weight loss, chronic gastritis, liver disorders and heartburn;
- Considerable research has shown that when given intravenously, it helps relieve the symptoms of hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
- It helps treat infertility in men as well as women;
- It is a stimulant that helps relieve tiredness and fatigue. It can be used in the management of chronic fatigue syndrome;
- It can stimulate the muscular system and helps relieve muscle cramps.
- It helps prevent and treat irritable bowel syndrome.
- Taking licorice root extract is recommended for patients on dialysis.
Licorice tea is not recommended for anyone with high blood pressure
Other Uses of Licorice
- It is a natural sweetener and may be used in place of sugar.
- It is used as a flavoring agent in tobacco products.