Liquorice Benefits

Latin Name

Glycyrrhiza glabra

Also Known As

Licorice, Yashtimadhu, Mithi-lakdi, Mulathi, Liquorice, sweetwood, licorice root Atimadhuram, Erattimadhuram, Liquorice


Native to Southern Europe and Western and Central Asia

Parts Used


Traditional Use and Health Benefits
Liquorice root is an excellent aid for exhaustion and long term stress as it is an adrenal aid, it nourishes the adrenal glands and can help recovery from ME. It is also a plant oestrogen and can help balance hormones, so it can be good for relieving symptoms of menopause and discomfort in menstruation. It is also an anti-inflammatory so can help bring pain relief and reduce inflammation. It is good for Ulcers, gastritis, indigestion, dry coughs, pharyngitis, laryngitis, it makes a wonderful cough expectorant and relieves constipation. 
Typical Use
Liquorice Root Herbal Powder  1-2 teaspoons up to 3 times a per day   Liquorice Cut Root 1/2 - 1 teasp root per 1 cup of boiling water Taken as a Tea   Or as recommended by a herbal practitioner 
Folklore and History

Licorice is a traditional herbal remedy with an ancient history and world wide usage. Licorice has a long and highly varied record of uses. It was and remains one of the most important herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Among its most consistent and important uses are as a demulcent (soothing, coating agent) in the digestive and urinary tracts, to help with coughs, to soothe sore throats, and as a flavoring. It has also been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat conditions ranging from diabetes to tuberculosis. Liquorice has been used extensively in the soft drink and confectionary making industry.

glycosides called glycyrrhizin (about 7%) and glycyrrhizinic acid, triterpenoid glycosides (saponins), flavonoids (including liquiritigetol) and isoflavonoids, bitter principle (glycyrmarin), volatile oil, chalcones, coumarins, amino acids, amines (choline, betaine, asparagine), oestrogenic substances (including beta-sitosterol), glucose and sucrose (5-15% sugars), starch, tannins (trace), gums, wax.  
It is safe for use with children. Liquorice should not be taken by people on digoxin-based drugs. It should also be avoided during pregnancy and in cirrhosis of the liver.  It may interfere with the calcium and potassium absorption. Do not use if you are suffering from osteoporosis, hypertension (increases water around heart).