(Glycyrrhiza glabra) aka - Licorice Root, Sweet Wood
The Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, and Chinese have used Licorice medicinally for thousands of years. It assists in helping the body handle stress, allowing blood sugar levels to remain normal and imparting a general feeling of well-being. Licorice stimulates adrenal function without depleting the adrenals. Licorice root has shown anti-arthritic activity; ‘glycyrrhizinic acid’ provides the anti-inflammatory effects related to a release of corticoids from the adrenals which is helpful for people with arthritis. Glycyrrhizin helps to raise blood sugar levels to normal. Licorice stimulates the production of interferon said to be key to preventing and treating immune-deficiency diseases. Licorice contains a natural hormone that will replace cortisone. It is also used to help with energy and vitality; and soothes lung, throat, and chest complaints. It is often used to treat female problems because it is reputed to stimulate menstruation in females not experiencing normal ovulation.
PLEASE NOTE: In very large doses, it induces sodium retention and potassium depletion and can lead to hypertension and edema.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Licorice may provide relief from:
• Addison’s Disease
• Adrenal Gland Issues
- Properties: Alterative, Anti-bacterial, Anti-catarrhal, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-viral, Cholagogue, Diooemulcent, Estrogenic, Expectorant, Purgative (gentle), Sialagogue Primary nutrients: Biotin, chromium, iodine, lecithin, manganese, niacin, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamins E and B-complex, zinc.