Licorice is a legume that has great potential in natural medicine, popularly known by several different nomenclatures such as sweet root, sweet stick, parsley and licorice. Originating in Europe, the use of this plant medicinally is one of the oldest recorded, even having been reported by the ancient Egyptians in their papyrus. It is found in stony, dry or sandy places and, depending on the location, its species are found in a variety of ways.
Its roots are sweet and can be widely used in syrups or for various culinary purposes. They are so pleasantly sweet that a small piece, the size of a pencil eraser, can sweeten an entire drink. They are also rich in glycyrrhizin.
Its chemical composition comprises a wide range of properties, serving many different factors and cases. It has been proven by several studies that licorice can be effective in liver issues, adrenal problems, hormonal imbalances and ulcers.
There is also some research that seeks to investigate the effectiveness of licorice oil in weight loss.
Licorice and its properties
Anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, expectorant, mucolytic, antitussive, antiviral, antioxidant, antitoxic, antiseptic, tonic and antifungal, laxative.
When is indicated…
In cases of dry cough or cough with phlegm, gastritis, gastric ulcer, bronchitis, dermatitis, flu, skin problems, viruses, bad breath, body cleansing, asthma, allergy, bronchitis, diabetes, hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus and hormonal imbalances . It also acts against infertility.
Avoid using licorice if you are pregnant or lactating. Do not administer licorice to children or people with anemia, glaucoma or hypertension. If the patient in question is using contraceptive drugs or hormone replacement drugs, they should also discontinue use.
Under no circumstances drink the tea in excess. Side effects such as headache, fluid retention, abdominal pain, respiratory failure, potassium concentration in the body and hypertension may arise.
For tea production use its roots if you are going to use it in case of poultice. If you intend to ingest it or treat bad breath, use its leaves.
Boil a liter of water with 30 grams of licorice added. Leave on fire for ten minutes. Turn off after the end of the period and smother the mixture for another ten minutes. Strain afterwards and drink the tea.
Have a cup of tea on an empty stomach and another two after your main meals, lunch and dinner.