Licorice is a popular little root that has made its way into many candies and sweet treats over the years. When you consider the fact that it is 50 times sweeter than table sugar than it is no wonder its so popular!
The potent ingredient in it that makes it so sweet is called glycyrrhizic acid which is actually not a sugar. This specific type of acid is also one of the major parts that makes it a medicinal herb. Once your stomach breaks the glycyrrhizic acid down it immediately starts helping your body by working as an anti-inflammatory agent!
The Healing Power of Licorice
Some of the key parts of the licorice root are the coumarins, phytoestrogens, polysaccharides, essential oils, and, of course, the glycyrrhizic acid.
This incredible healing root works in the body similar to hydrocortisone or corticosteroids and can be very helpful in easing arthritis and joint pain. Licorize is not a drug though, just like all plants it is a complex organism with many different parts that work together.
It can aid in stomach and bowel irritation as well as help in the healing of peptic ulcers and gastric issues.
For Hormone Issues and Infections
Licorice also works great as a tincture or tea to help heal and rebuild our hormones and endocrine system. It is also a great root to use when you have been worn down through prolonged stress and your adrenal glands need support. Licorice can help the body get rid of the old and broken down hormones through the kidney and liver as well.
Licorice has even been shown to help the body produce more estrogen when it is running low. It does this by supporting the liver and endocrine system nutritionally and if those systems are still functioning it will help them rebalance and possibly increase production.
Licorice works as an antiviral and can help your body fight off infections such as shingles and herpes.
Throat, Lungs and inflamed tissue
Because licorice is a natural anti-inflammatory it is great for helping to soothe a sore throat and reduce the inflammation in the bronchial tubes of the lungs. It is also commonly used to help strengthen vocal cords for those who are losing their voice or are singers.
If you use really small amounts of licorice you can add this root to your tea for quick relief. We recommend mixing it with the incredible power of ginger and making some Licorice-Ginger balls that will act as a lozenger for quick relief of your next sore throat.
Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory root that will ease your stomach and digestive systems while helping the licorice to support your body in healing your throat.
Are you a singer or have been feeling under the weather? Try this!
- 2 tbs of Licorice Root Powder
- Honey (Local if you can)
- 1 tsp Gingerroot powder
- Cocoa powder or Cinnamon to use as a thickener
How to make the balls:
Follow this quick guide to make medicinal pills here. Use honey and a couple of drops of water to make the paste then cinnamon or cocoa powder in order to thicken them into a pill form.
How to use:
Take one to two in your mouth just like a lozenger hold them there for a minute to allow the roots time to soothe your throat. You can put them in a bag or small container to bring with you when you are going about your day and use them whenever you need some quick relief.
Sources: Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs 2012, P.43, 161-164