Licorice Root: An Amazing Hard-Working, Healing Herb

Source:  Penn Herb Co .

Source: Penn Herb Co.

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by Tiffany Windsor and Candace Liccione

We’d like to start off with some licorice root history. which comes from who shares amazing information about natural healing options.

Licorice is a member of the legume family, and while there are species that grow in the U.S., Glycyrrhiza glabra, it’s latin name, is primarily native to Europe and Asia.

Glycyrrhiza’s name reflects its most popularly known claim to fame: “sweet root.” With an extract that can be 30 to 50 times sweeter than sugar, we can see why our ancestors were inspired to turn it into candy! In Chinese medicine, anti-inflammatory licorice root has been used for centuries for many of the same uses that science has now confirmed — coughs and colds, gastrointestional issues, and female reproductive issues.

One interesting note about the way licorice has been used in Chinese medicine that we learned from Dr. Axe is that it was used as a “guide drug.” Licorice root was used in tandem with other herbs and remedies to enhance their effects and essentially guide the other herbs to where they would be most beneficial. In 2013, this use was observed and reviewed by the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This ancient purpose, along with other licorice root benefits, no doubt contributed to licorice root being the most used herb in Chinese medicine!

Europeans didn’t ignore the benefits of licorice as a supplement, either. Licorice root has documented uses from antiquity, from ancient Greece and Rome to the Middle Ages and beyond. By the 20th century, manufacturing allowed the root to be stripped for pharmaceutical uses and then extracted for candy sweetener.
— Dr. Axe

The medicinal strength and benefits of licorice root are prominent enough that the FDA issued a notice for consumers to be aware that black licorice is more than just a sweet treat. Even when the root extract is used just to sweeten, it can’t be ignored as a potent compound. And while the root is the primary portion used for supplements and remedies, the leaves have been evaluated for their antimicrobial benefits, as well. In a study, the leaves tested well against bacteria and thus may work as a staph and candida cure.

Licorice Root is one of the most important herbs in today’s world. Why is licorice root so critical - because it is the ultimate weapon against the viral explosion.  Herpetic viruses which includes Epstein Barr, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus and shingles are often behind the mystery illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lyme disease, Meniere’s disease, and adrenal fatigue.   Also, with the following symptoms like vertigo, dizziness, body aches and pain, nerve pains in the jaw, neck & shoulders. For more detailed information, checkout the post on

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Anthony William, author of The Medical Medium, Life Changing Foods and Liver Rescue states that the body does not attack itself, but rather strains and mutations of herpes viruses do. The essential antiviral herb is licorice root. It’s phytochemicals and antiviral properties stop a virus from procreating and also pushes the virus out of the body, making your system as inhospitable as possible for viruses. Licorice root is also incredible for low blood pressure & soothes the liver by lowering liver heat. Licorice is one of the most important adrenal restoratives we have. Licorices root acts like a battery charger for the adrenal, by bringing them out of a fatigued state and increases their capacity to function.

As mentioned, licorice root is amazing for so many conditions and there’s more on the list including lupus, leaky gut, ulcers, sore throat, coughs PMS, menopause, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, digestive disorders, strep throat, depression, insomnia, acne, UTI’s, & Gerd. The list goes on and on. Also, the symptoms that licorice treats are anxiousness, brain fog, headaches, nausea, food allergies, cold hands and feet, acid reflux, brain inflammation, and has glycosides similar to natural steroids in the body. Check out the rest of the list in Anthony’s books.  

Licorice root is wonderful for those who process their emotions through the gut instead of the head. If you feel like the simplest of misunderstandings give you a stress stomach ache or if you hold tension in your gut or get butterflies in your stomach, licorice root helps prevent and relieve your suffering. If you are trying to get off of caffeine, try licorice root tea first thing in the morning. It can be an incredible energy booster. When you are having trouble digesting food or you‘ve just eaten a bad meal, drink licorice tea to help the digestion process.

Feel free to use licorice root as an herbal tea one cup a day or in its alcohol-free tincture. There are cautions for using licorice root.  Don’t use if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease or if you are pregnant. Long term use can cause sodium retention which can cause water retention. This is not a full list of cautions so check out other cautions before using. Don’t use at same time as steroids as it might increase the action of them. Glycyrrhizin in licorice root has side effects but there is a standardized supplement that is called deglycyrrhizin licorice root that removes the side effects of increased blood pressure, reduced potassium levels, edema, liver and kidney issues. Do your research to find out the right choice for you.



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