Licorice root is one of the most used plants to cure many health problems. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant and laxative properties, and its high mineral content (calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc) and vitamins (B and E), it is used to treat many diseases and alleviate many disorders. Here are some of them:
- Acid reflux
- Body odors
- Mouth ulcers
- Chronic fatigue
- Emphysema (lung disease)
- Viral infections
- Fungal infections
- Ulcers (symptoms)
- Liver problems (symptoms)
- Throat pain
- Yeast infections
Here are 8 ways to heal naturally with licorice root.
- To treat upset stomach
Licorice root is effective in reducing inflammation of the stomach due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Some common digestive problems such as heartburn, ulcers and constipation can be relieved with licorice tea.
To prepare the tea, pour a tablespoon of licorice powder in a warm glass of water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Drink it 2 or 3 times a day for a week.
- To treat skin problems
A balm made from licorice root is an effective solution against many skin problems.
To make the balm you need: licorice root, coconut oil and beeswax. Toast the dried root in a saucepan, then remove from heat and add coconut oil enough to cover the roots. After the mixture is cooled, filter it and collect the resulting oil in a bowl. Funnel it back into the pan and add 3 or 4 tablespoons of beeswax. Let it melt, then pour the mixture into a jar. Your balm is ready!
If you have eczema, acne, pimples and dry skin, apply this balm on the affected areas to speed the healing.
- To boost the immune system
Regularly consume tea licorice to strengthen and boost your immune system, since this herb promotes the production of lymphocytes and macrophages that enhance the defense mechanisms of the body.
- To relieve the pain of arthritis and other inflammation
Licorice roots act as aspirin for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases. Studies have found that they reduce the damage done by free radicals responsible for inflammation and pain.
- To relieve cough
Drinking licorice root tea three times a day relieves cough and congestion and also has the ability to soothe irritated nasal passages and airways. You can also mix a teaspoon of licorice powder with a little pure honey and eat it twice a day to reduce the coughing.
- To control your weight
Studies have proven that licorice root reduces excess fat in the body. Indeed, its richness in antioxidants helps to eliminate and prevent fat accumulation. Good news for overweight people: drinking licorice root tea can help you lose weight.
- To improve the health of the hair
Licorice root extract is found in many hair care products because it regulates the production of sebum in the scalp. People with oily hair should use it as a licorice root infusion to improve the appearance of the hair. To prepare the infusion, just add little dried licorice roots in water, bring it to a boil and simmer for an hour and a half.
- To improve oral hygiene
The anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties of licorice can contribute to oral health. So brushing the teeth with dried licorice powder daily fights bad breath and lets you have healthy gums.
Licorice consumption is not recommended for pregnant women and infants. It should also be avoided by people with high blood pressure, liver disease, heart or kidney.
Licorice also affects the action of certain diuretics and antihypertensive drugs.