Licorice comes from licorice root, or should I say it use to. Most are not flavored using real licorice anymore.
Licorice is cultivated extensively worldwide for its medicinal uses. It is propagated by dividing the roots in spring. The 3-4 year old plant in pulled in late autumn.
Research shows that on being broken down in the stomach, glycyrrhizin has an anti inflammatory action similar to hydrocortisone and other corticosteroid hormones. It stimulates the production of hormones by the adrenal glands. The isoflavones are known to be estrogenic.
Traditional & Current Uses
Licorice is used for conditions of the digestive system. Its demulcent actions helps heal peptic ulceration and acid problems. Licorice makes a great remedy for constipation when mixed with dandelion. It is useful in coughs and bronchitis. Can be used to treat canker sores.
Preparations You Can Do At Home:
Canker sores: Gently rub powder onto the sores 2-3 x a day.
Constipation: Mix 3 tsp dandelion root and 1 tsp licorice root in 3 cups water. Use decoction 3 x a day.
Other Preparations Include:
Tincture: peptic ulcers
Dried juice sticks: indigestion
CAUTIONS: Licorice root raises blood pressure. Licorice should not be used by someone that has high blood pressure. Even if you don't have high blood pressure, it can raise it to the point of being dangerous.