Today we’re here to talk about one of the most divisive flavours going round. Liquorice. If you’re a liquorice fiend (like me), we have some good news for you. Studies have shown that liquorice root contains a multitude of health properties and in certain quantities, can be good for you. Horay! Specifically, liquorice root is able to perform the following functions:
- Relaxing expectorant (soothes coughs)
- Demulcent (soothing effect on contact)
- Anti-inflammatory (via the body’s own corticosteroid mechanisms)
- Antiulcer against gastrointestinal ulcers
- Adaptogen tonic (increases resistance to the effects of physical, mental and emotional stress)
- Hepatoprotective (protects the liver)
- Antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial
- Antioxidant and antitumor
- Hormonal regulation
In terms of medicinal purposes, Liquorice and Liquorice Root is commonly used for:
- Digestive disorders – Peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, chronic gastritis, heartburn, constipation.
- Immune – infections, including hepatitis, herpes, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, allergies, autoimmune disorders.
- Inflammatory conditions – including eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, asthma, systemic lupus erythematosus.