Amazing facts about Licorice as an all natural medicine

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.