Herb of the Day: Licorice Root

Licorice goes well beyond candy and has been used for thousands of years around the world as a medicinal herb.  This root has an incredible array of uses for many parts of the body.

When most people hear licorice root they think about the black or red candy with a flavor they either love or hate.  Licorice goes well beyond candy and has been used for thousands of years around the world as a medicinal herb.  This root has an incredible array of uses for many parts of the body.  Consumed as a tea, in tinctures or as an extract most find the flavor to be quite pleasant, very sweet and soothing. Licorice root contains a compound called glycyrrhizin which is actually sweeter than sugar lending this plant as a sweetening agent in herbal preparations and tinctures.  This compound also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and helps the body manage cortisol levels.

Traditional Uses

  • Heal mucous membranes
  • Expectorant
  • Shingles
  • Depression
  • Weight Loss
  • Herpes and HIV
  • Ulcers
  • Laxative
  • Asthma
  • Inflammation
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Arthritis
  • Heartburn
  • IBS
  • Menopause
  • PMS
  • Eczema
  • Immunity boosting

The Plant

Glycyrrhiza glabra is the botanical name for licorice.  The plant is native to Europe and prefers full sun, dry areas, and healthy soil.  The plant can grow up to four feet tall with spikes containing pods that have several seeds inside.  The pods will grow light purple flowers on the outside.  The roots are used medicinally and can be harvested in the Fall 3-5 years after planting. The root will have a dark brown exterior similar to wood and a soft yellow interior.  Licorice root can be grown from seed or from a cutting of another licorice plant.  It is fairly easy to maintain but requires patience waiting a few years to harvest.

TriLight Health and Licorice Root

Licorice root is found in NR Glow, Wild Cherry Coffaway, N R G, Female Formula, Tummy Plus,  ALRG, BacaMune

-Female Formula helps with cramping, mood swings, irritability and oversensitivity during the menstrual cycle.

KYOlivia says:

female formula“My cramps are usually so excruciating I cant even get out of bed on the first day of my menstrual cycle (usually meaning i miss work, school or whatever is planned for that day). Since I’ve been taking female formula my cramps have become minimal. This product is another must for my cabinet along with lympha rub and soothing salve.”

 

 

Did you know this root had so many amazing properties?  What do you like to use it for?

Licorice root is contraindicated for long-term use in those with high blood pressure, severe liver or kidney problems, and those with heart problems.  Those allergic to anything in the Fabaceae family (beans, peas, pulses, legumes) should use with caution as licorice root belongs to this family.  Long term use beyond 4-6 weeks should only be done under the support of a practitioner as high doses over the long term can lead to adverse events.   Pregnant women should consult with a practitioner prior to use as licorice root is high in estrogenic compounds.
Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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