- Licorice is fifty times sweeter than sugar hence its use in confectionary
- Licorice is used extensively in cough remedies but it also has a general relaxing and soothing affect on the respiratory system
- Some research suggests Licorice has anti-inflammatory properties which has led some to use it for arthritis
- Licorice can act as an antibiotic on minor wounds Chinese herbalists recommend Licorice to treat Hepatitis and ailments of the Liver
Even though bundles of the root of this amazing healing plant were found in King Tut’s tomb, it wasn’t until Hippocrates named it ‘sweet root’, or in Greek, Glukos Riza, that it became known widely as Licorice. At that time and since, Licorice is a popular remedy for coughs, colds, sore throats and low-grade infections. Modern herblists do recommend it for these conditions as well as gastrointestinal ulcers but it’s become more widely used to mask and sweeten the use of other healing herbs.
Latin name: Glycyrrhiza glabra
Type: Organic, Dried Root
£2.95 – £4.95
Sprinkling ground Licorice root on a clean wound may help stave off infection
For sore throats and colds add a piece of root to any herbal infusion or simply make a decoction by boiling half a teaspoon of powdered root per cup of water for ten minutes.
- Do not give to any child under two years old
- Do not use while pregnant or nursing
- For over 65s, use low levels, infrequently