Liquorice Root Powder (Organic)
Liquorice rice (or Licorice), which is considered one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies, comes from the root of the liquorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra).
Liquorice root boasts a medicinal history going back thousands of years, with reports of it being consumed for its health benefits by the likes of Caesar, Alexander the Great, and the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.
To the Egyptians, liquorice was a "cure-all", although it was used throughout the ancient world for a variety of maladies. The herbal physician Dioscorides, who traveled with the army of Alexander the Great, gave it to the troops to give them stamina and endurance. It was also widely used as a digestive aid, to provide respiratory relief, and to strengthen the liver and kidneys.
Liquorice root is a natural antacid that helps to relieve heartburn, indigestion, gastric and stomach ulcers, acid reflux, and symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). It works by coating the digestive tract with mucous, protecting the stomach lining while speeding up its repair and restoring balance.
One of the major components of liquorice is "glycyrrhizic acid", a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been found to suppress the growth of the toxic bacteria "H. pylori," a nasty little bug that can lead to a whole host of stomach problems.
Due to its diuretic and mildly laxative effects, this root can also reduce stomach bloating, water retention, and constipation.
Firstly, liquorice can increase the production of healthy mucous within the bronchial system. Whilst this may appear counterintuitive to a cough or a cold, the production of healthy phlegm actually keeps the respiratory system functioning well and prevents the old, sticky mucous from clogging up the respiratory tracts.
Secondly, this root can fight off the viruses that cause respiratory illnesses as well as relax bronchial spasms.
Liquorice both protects and promotes healing in the liver, a vital organ. The herb's anti-inflammatory properties help calm hepatitis-associated liver inflammation. Liquorice also fights the virus commonly responsible for hepatitis and supplies valuable antioxidant compounds that help maintain the overall health of the liver.
Numerous studies have found that the active compound in liquorice can effectively block liver damage caused by alcohol and over-the-counter pain killers. The glycyrrhizin found in this root is a potent free radical scavenger, especially in the liver.
Research shows that licorice is a powerful adaptogenic herb, able to help the body manage the stress hormone "cortisol" more efficiently. It is very nourishing for burned-out adrenals and is best used during times of chronic fatigue and tiredness that usually result in frequent illness.
Liquorice is known to have eight different antidepressant compounds known as MOA (monoamine oxidase) inhibitors. These inhibitors are capable of potent antidepressant activity and show significant improvement for all types of depression. The compound "glycyrrhizin" breaks down cortisol, the stress hormone, enabling the body to deal with stress. It also contains "isoflavan" and "isoflavene,", additional compounds that have been shown to have antidepressant properties.
Liquorice Root Herbal Powder 1-2 teaspoons up to 3 times per day Liquorice Cut Root: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of root per 1 cup of boiling water Taken as a tea or as recommended by a herbal practitioner.