Licorice for most people is a typical dutch delicacy, but the origin of this amazing plant as a medicine lies far back in history to the ancient times of Babylonia and Egypt.
The first official records of liquorice root actually come from a newly discovered version of the book of Genesis, dated 7000 BC - the scrolls were found in Nippur, the capital of the Babylonian Empire, it reflects that licorice root, along with other herbs and spices are a possible cure against the plague.
Liquorice has since been documented in Egypt as a “cure-all” around the times of the great Pharaohs. In 1923 at the first opening of pharaoh Tutankhamun's impressive tomb there were large quantities of licorice root extract found. The taste was apparently so appreciated that liquorice root had to be present at all egyptian burials. This sweet root has also been consumed for its health benefits by the likes of Caesar as well as Alexander the Great.
The amazing health benefits of liquorice have also been writen about by the likes of Shen Nung in the pen tsa ching, Hippocrates and the Greek philosopher and botanist Theophrastus.
Liquorice has traditionally been utalized to increase energy and stamina, fight bronchitis, upper respiratory catarrh, and coughs, as well as to reduce stomach acid. It also increases mucus secretion in the gastric tract, soothing irritation and inflammation.
Licorice root contains more than 20 triterpenoids and nearly 300 flavonoids - with the main active components among them being glycyrrhizin, 18β-glycyrrhetinic acid, liquiritigenin, licochalcone A, E and glabridin
Immuno-modulating effects of glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic acid as well as various triterpenoids have been shown to induce interferon-gamma and other cytokines response, which accounts for the powerful antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorgenic, and antimalarial effects from this root
Liquorice root also helps the body produce healthy mucus within the bronchial system as well as tracheal system, providing demulcent and expectorant effects. This keeps the respiratory system functioning well making it effective in treatment of sore throat, cough and bronchial catarrh
This root also inhibits the growth of various viruses, including herpes simplex, varicella zoster, as well as the infamous influenza virus. Licorice root is also very well known to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn, licorice root has been proven to speed up the repair of stomach lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid.This tasty plant is also a vital ally for those struggling with stress and exhaustion as it is a formidable adaptogen - stimulating the adrenal gland, thus promoting healthy levels of cortisol in the body.Liquorice is known to have 8 different anti-depressant 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 a fantastic plant almost 50x sweeter than sugar, making it a great and easy addition to anyones daily regime. It is cultivated all over the world but grows naturally right here in south africa.
We currently produce cultivated, powdered liquorice root, and it can also be found in our adaptogenic tincture
INGREDIENTS AND DOSAGELiquorice Root Powder
± 60g - 70g
½ teaspoon once a day
up to 3 teaspoons for cronic ailments
In large prolonged doses, liquorice can increase cortisol levels.
Licorice can cause an increase in prostaglandin levels in the uterus. This may lead to contractions during pregnancy so use sparingly
If you are uncertain about herbal interactions consult your health care provider before use