Latin Name : Glycyrrhiza Glabra
Licorice root, which is considered one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies, comes from the root of the licorice plant.Glycyrrhizin is the major active constituent of liquorice root and has been used in traditional medicine to alleviate bronchitis, gastritis, and jaundice.
Native to Western Asia and Southern Europe, licorice has long been used to treat various ailments and it is also used to flavor foods, beverages, and tobacco products.
Here are some of the most important health benefits of Licorice root:
Depression: Glycyrrhizic acid in Licorice Root may help with depression and anxiety by promoting adrenal gland function. Adrenal glands regulate stress hormones such as cortisol.
High cholesterol and heart disease: Licorice Root may regulate the cholesterol levels by improving the bile flow. It is said that bile acids account for cholesterol metabolism and elimination of excess cholesterol in the body..
Skin disorders: People have been using licorice root salves and poultices in the treatment of skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, and dry and itchy skin.
Sore throat and cough: Researches suggest that saponin glycosides in licorice root have an expectorant activity which may help with dry cough, bronchitis, and asthma..
Stomach and gastric problems: Licorice root is used to treat many intestinal tract and digestive abnormalities. The flavonoids and chalcones in Licorice Root may help with inflammation and irritation of the digestive tract and the mucus lining of the stomach caused by bacterial infection.