Licorice, the sweetest of all herbs, has been in use for thousands of years and is equally well known in eastern and Western cultures. Licorice also known as ‘sweet root’ has its largest application in confectionary and is nearly 50 times sweeter than sucrose. The herb is used to treat wide ranging illnesses from common cold to liver disease.
Licorice is valued as demulcent and expectorant.
It is effectively used to treat peptic ulcers.
It provides relief from canker sores or mouth ulcers.
Licorice gel helps relieve itchiness, swelling and redness.
Preparations using licorice help treat indigestion.
Licorice is traditionally used to treat colds, influenza and asthma.
Licorice is also used as a flavoring agent in tobacco and confectionary.
Licorice helps clean the colon, improves lung health and supports adrenal gland functions.
Licorice is a component of herbal teas and is effective as a mild laxative, diuretic and to treat flatulence.
Licorice relieves rheumatism, arthritis and regulates blood sugar.
Licorice reduces conditions related to menopause, regulates the menstrual cycle and night sweat.
Licorice has a traditional use as an aphrodisiac.
Licorice is used as a topical anti viral agent for shingles, ophthalmic, oral or genital herpes.
Standard extracts for adults 250-300 mg thrice daily.
Dried root 1-5gm as a decoction.
Licorice should be taken under the supervision of a doctor.
Licorice should not be taken for longer than 4-6 weeks.
Headaches, dizziness, fatigue and even heart attacks.
Pain and numbness in the legs.
Overuse of licorice is toxic to the liver and causes hypertension and edema.
Loss of a menstrual period, water and sodium retention and decreased sexual vitality.
People with a history of heart disease.
People with fluid retention problems.
People with diabetes.
People with liver and kidney disease.
Pregnant and lactating mothers.
People on medications.