Scientific Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra
Licorice root has been used for thousands of years for its many medicinal benefits, and has recently gained much popularity for those healing properties. It can help with common ailments, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and heartburn among others. However, it is most often used for its ability to provide a soothing coating to tissue in our body that can also help with multiple digestive issues and canker sores. To find out what this powerful herb can do for you, buy licorice root from Herb Affair today!
Licorice root has been one of the most researched herbal remedies in recent years for its many reported medicinal benefits. When drinking this root in a tea it may help with different common ailments because of its tissue-coating properties that helps to get rid of phlegm. These ailments include:
- Cold & Cough
- Sore Throat
There have also been multiple studies done showing that licorice root may reduce the pain and speed the healing of canker sores. These benefits to canker sores are achieved because of an active compound found in this root called glycyrrhizin, which is responsible for soothing the injured tissues in the mouth.
One of the most common health benefits of licorice root, however, is its ability to help with the treatment of many different problems with the digestive system. The compound glycyrrhizin is also responsible for providing a soothing coating to the upper digestive tract. This assists in preventing stomach ulcers and other inflammations, such as heartburn and acid reflux. The soothing of the digestive system also aids in promoting bowel health, which may help to relieve constipation.
Even though licorice root has many health benefits, it also needs to be used with some caution. The compound that is responsible for its medicinal value, glycyrrhizin, should not be taken for extended periods of time as it can deplete the body’s potassium and raise blood pressure. Those with high blood pressure, or heart problems should be cautious with licorice. It is also not recommended during pregnancy or lactation.
The recommended dose is 1 teaspoon per cup of water.
- Another common use is making it into a tincture
Though typically known as a flavoring for the popular candy, Licorice Root Powder actually holds a much deeper presence in the world. First put to use as an ingredient in ancient Chinese medicine, Licorice Root Powder was believed to have the ability to rejuvenate an individual’s body and soul. Over the centuries, it’s also become a common additive in tobacco and candy, due to its natural sweetness and distinct flavor. Though, interestingly enough, it’s not related to anise or fennel. Despite an all too common confusion with them due to their highly similar flavoring compounds. Today, its use continues to grow, especially in many of the Nordic countries of Europe, and can be found in everything from beer to baked goods.
If stored correctly, our Licorice Root has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.