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.
- Heal mucous membranes
- Weight Loss
- Herpes and HIV
- Immunity boosting
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.
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Did you know this root had so many amazing properties? What do you like to use it for?