Licorice root


Licorice root, Glycyrrhiza glabra

Origin:  Egypt

Historical Uses:  as a sweetener and additive to tobacco products and to rejuvenate the body as in Ayurvedic medicine

Modern Uses:  as a bronchodilator for respiratory conditions, applied topically for atopic dermatitis, effective in the remedy of hyperlipidaemia (high lipids in the blood), has been effectively used to treat inflammation-induced skin hyperpigmentation and in preventing neurodegenerative disorders.  An extract of licorice root is used to lighten dark skin

Properties:  antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitumor, bronchodilator, expectorant, hepatoprotective, hypertensive, immunomodulatory, slows the progression of viral and autoimmune hepatitis

Constitutents:  anethole (3% of total volatiles), enoxolone, glycyrrhizin (glycyrrhizic acid), phytoestrogens (isoflavene glabrene and isoflavane glabridin)

Safety:  enoxolone and glycyrrhizin are both cortcosteroid in nature and side effects of prolonged use may include hypokalemia, hypertension, oedema, weight changes (gain or loss)

Aroma:  sweet flavor

Part Used:  alcohol or glycerin extraction of the root of the plant