This herbal medicine it has an impressive list of well documented uses and is probably one of the most over-looked of all herbal wonders.
Licorice promotes the healing of ulcers, it can lower stomach acid levels, relieve heartburn and indigestion and acts as a mild laxative. It can soothe irritation, inflammation and spasms in the digestive tract. Through its beneficial action on the liver, it increases bile flow and lowers cholesterol levels.
Licorice Root also has immune system boosting qualities, and eases pain through an aspirin-like action. It also acts on the adrenal glands, which improves one’s resistance to physical and emotional stress and increases energy levels.
Licorice’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties help calm liver inflammation and keep a healthy function of the heart. Licorice also eases congestion and coughing by helping to loosen mucus and making coughs more ‘productive’ and soothes soreness in the throat.
Finally, phytoestrogens in licorice root make it useful to ease PMS symptoms as well.
Use in moderation.
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