Licorice Root

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Licorice Root, Glycyrrhiza glabra

DESCRIPTION:

Licorice root is a wonderful and well-known herb that is used by people who have gut-related issues, for upper respiratory complaints, inflammation, and in the kitchen as a sweetener.  Glycyrrhizin is a compound that is found in licorice root and is currently being studied for its medicinal properties.  More specifically, it has already been tested in clinical trials in hepatitis C with promising results.

This product is available as a medicinal tincture, and dry herb. 

The medicinal tincture is bottled in a 2 oz glass Boston round dropper bottle and contains alcohol 40% by volume.  The dry herb measures 4 oz and is sealed in a mylar pouch.  If you need more than 4 ounces of dried herb, please contact us for a custom quote.  6" Licorice sticks are also available.

This product originates from South Africa is certified organic by USDA and QAI, and is certified Kosher.

COMMON USES:

Commonly used to address gut-related issues, skin and hand rashes such as swelling, redness, and itching.  Orally, licorice can be chewed or applied topically to address cavities, mouth ulcers, and oral yeast overgrowth.  In the kitchen, licorice can be used to flavor simple syrups or your favorite dish.  Licorice root contains anti-depressant compounds and is commonly used as an alternative to St. John's Wort.  Licorice is relieving to the upper respiratory tract, supports liver health, and provides premenstrual support. 

PROPERTIES:

Antiallergenic, antibacterial, anti-depressant, antioxidant, anti-viral, hepatic protective. 

HOW TO USE:

Topical – Licorice root can be made into a plaster or poultice and applied topically to address skin related issues.  To create a plaster, powder the licorice root using a high-quality blender, and mix with a small amount of water until a plaster-like consistency is formed. Then, apply directly to the skin.  To create a poultice, mix the c/s (cut and sifted) herb with water and place in a cloth and form a ball, much like an ice pack.  Place the cloth ball over the area of concern.  Licorice root can be decocted, which means to place in a boiling pot of hot water and reduce the volume in half.  Strain and cool.  Use topically as a wash or internally as a decocted tea.

Internal – Place 1-2 tsp of dry her to a hot glass of water and steeping, covered, for 5-10 minutes.  See decoction directions above for this option.

Oral – Place a small amount of licorice directly onto the area of concern.  Licorice root is also used as a flavoring agent and is often times cooked with foods.  Consider making a decoction (directions above) and using the liquid as a base to cook rice.

Children – Safe for children to use in standard dietary doses.

CAUTION:

Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy as studies have shown using licorice root during pregnancy may affect the developing brain of the fetus leading to reasoning and behavioral issues, such as attention problems, aggression, and breaking rules.

Licorice root should not be used in persons with hypertension, liver disorders, edema, severe kidney insufficiency, low blood potassium, heart disease with edema, or congestive heart failure.