Health Benefits of Licorice Root

Much sought after for its herbal effects, licorice root is a sweet-tasting plant, originated in Arabia, and today it is widely sold in several countries.

Found in health food stores, licorice root is known to be miraculous in many ways, however, there is a need to be careful about its possible adverse effects and its continued use.


Possessing numerous benefits, It has action:

  • natural anti-inflammatory, fighting coughs and colds;
  • relief for pain and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis;
  • soothing in coughs and sore throats;
  • antioxidant, which can prevent cardiovascular stress;
  • to help with intestinal disorders and ulcerous and stomach processes;
  • soothing and reducing liver toxicity;
  • preventive for tooth decay and inflammation;

However, it is important to know that, for the treatment to be safer and without the possibility of negative side effects, it is ideal to contact a trained healthcare professional.


It has the following properties:

  • antibiotics;
  • anti-inflammatory;
  • emollient;
  • antispasmodic;
  • digestive;
  • healing;
  • beneficial for the treatment of allergies;
  • antidepressant action;
  • laxative action;


It can serve for the following purposes:

  • As an adjunct in the treatment of inflammatory processes in the airways, for example bronchitis, dental abscesses and some flu-like symptoms such as catarrh and cough.
  • For the improvement of wounds in the process of infection, such as boils and other abscesses in the body.
  • Alleviate constipation and constipation processes.


It can be used in the following ways:

  • In syrup form, licorice root can be used as an expectorant in the treatment of bronchitis, asthma and dry coughs.
  • Like tea, the root helps to improve sensations such as heartburn and gastric acidity.
  • For the amelioration of chronic stress symptoms, it can be used in its tonic format.
  • It is also found in the form of bullets and capsules, in this case, it can be used for several different aspects.


It has the following nutrient composition:

  • saponins;
  • essential oil;
  • tannins;
  • enzymes;
  • glycyrrhizinin;
  • gum;
  • sucrose;
  • phytosterols;
  • polysaccharides;
  • coumarins.


It can be found in several different formats, with different intake process in each of them.

In its capsule format, it is recommended that it be taken with water. While in its powdered form, it can be consumed with a variety of juices. Licorice root can also be consumed in the form of a tea, in which we can chop and boil its roots.

As for its guidance on consumption for children, it is recommended that it occur within a period of at most 6 weeks in cases of catarrh or continuous coughing.


As a herbal medicinal plant, It  requires care with its quantities when ingested. If consumed in high doses for a long period, licorice can cause negative effects, such as:

  • fluid retention;
  • kidney problems;
  • swelling;
  • lethargy or heart rhythm disturbances.

It is contraindicated for pregnant women, nursing mothers, people with a history of hypertension, diabetes, anxiety, gastritis and peptic ulcers.


The licorice root can originalizar numerous recipes, some examples are:

Licorice tea:
To prepare licorice tea, the following ingredients are needed:

  • 1 liter and a half of water
  • 2 tablespoons of licorice root

Step by step:

  • Boil the water;
  • Turn off the heat and add the root;
  • Smother it and let it sit for 10 minutes;
  • coe

Suggestion: it can be chilled, sweetened with honey or adding ice cubes.


To prepare the recipe, we will need:

  • 500 grams of licorice
  • 1 liter and a half of water
  • 150 grams of sugar
  • 250 grams of gum

Preparation mode:

  • Dissolve the licorice in water;
  • Add the gum and sugar to the water and heat;
  • Cook until mixture becomes dough or paste consistency;
  • Shape the dough into the shape of long sticks or strips;
  • Place in a form and allow to cool.
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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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