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10 benefits and properties of licorice. Did you know?

Licorice is a plant whose scientific name is Glycyrrhiza , meaning sweet root. This plant is classified as medicinal because of its propert...

Licorice is a plant whose scientific name is Glycyrrhiza , meaning sweet root. This plant is classified as medicinal because of its properties and the nutrients it contains.

It is of a strong flavor and as its name indicates, very sweet, this is due to glycyrrhizin, its active ingredient. This provides liquorice with a stronger sweetness than sugar.

Among its components are:

  • Acids (salicylic, malic)
  • Minerals (calcium, chromium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, cobalt)
  • Glycyrrhizin
  • Glucose
  • Saccharose
  • Thiamine
  • Vitamin C

You may know liquorice as a food or condiment for certain dishes, but it is also a versatile home remedy .

Here are ten benefits and properties of licorice.

 

1. Relieve colic

10 benefits and properties of licorice.  Did you know?

To soothe cramps, such as those experienced during menstruation, licorice works as antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory, which relieves muscle spasms and pain in the abdomen area.

It even works as a natural laxative and relieves pain and discomfort from constipation. To make use of it, it is enough to prepare a tea.

Ingredients

  • ½ tablespoon crushed licorice (5 g)
  • 1 cup water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Add half a spoonful of crushed licorice in a cup of hot water and let it cook for twenty minutes.

This tea will do wonders when it comes to relieving colic.

2. Antacid

When you suffer from heartburn, gastritis and ulcers, one of the most popular antacids is licorice tea.

The fact that it is a hot drink helps to relieve the pain and thanks to all its components, attenuates the effects of reflux and helps to have a better intestinal functioning.

3. Fighting infections

10 benefits and properties of licorice.  Did you know?

One of the reasons licorice is recognized as a medicinal plant is because of its ability to stop the development of viruses and bacteria in our body.

So, it is a great ally to combat vaginal infections and relieve conditions caused by fungi or herpes.

4. Colds

For its very function against viruses and infections, licorice is highly recommended for treating colds and coughing attacks.

This softens the mucosa and clears the airways , so the discomfort generated by the cold are less and the recovery process is faster.

5. Sore throat

10 benefits and properties of licorice.  Did you know?

To relieve the sore throat, it is always a good idea to resort to rinses with which we can relieve the discomfort. Licorice root is very beneficial for problems like this.

  • For these cases, it is necessary to boil liquorice, either in pieces or in powder, in water and leave in the fire about ten minutes.
  • After allowing the water to cool, it is used as a rinse to gargle throughout the day.

6. Antidepressant

Another benefit of licorice is the amount of Vitamin C, glyceric acid and minerals, which  act as agents to combat depression, stress and anxiety.  

  • Taking a break tasting a licorice tea stimulates our body to feel more energy and decreases levels of depression and migraine.

7. Menopause

10 benefits and properties of licorice.  Did you know?

In addition to providing sweetness, the active ingredient in licorice, glycyrrhizin, also helps regulate estrogen levels in women.

  • Drinking licorice tea relieves and lessens the symptoms associated with menopause.

8. Whitening the skin

It is possible that in our face, or any other area of ​​your skin, we may get spots by the sun, makeup, age or even illness.

It is therefore important to know some anti-stain remedy.

Using licorice extract is a home remedy with which you can clean stains and match skin tone.

What should we do?

  • After performing our facial cleansing ritual, we can apply a bit of licorice extract, leave it on overnight and clean it the next morning .
  • Since it is a slow process, we must repeat it every day, at least for a month, to obtain visible results.

9. For oily hair

10 benefits and properties of licorice.  Did you know?

Licorice is not only useful in consuming it, it also functions as a hair mask.

Above all, it works on those who suffer from dandruff and seborrhea or greasy secretions.

It also serves as a moisturizer for dry hair and open tips, giving hair greater shine and smoothness.

10. Quitting smoking

Licorice is considered as a natural remedy to stop or reduce tobacco use.

Its components detoxify our body , while serving as a substitute for the cigar. When sucking a piece of licorice we find it easier to quit smoking.

Can licorice be dangerous?

10 benefits and properties of licorice.  Did you know?

Licorice is not recommended if we suffer from:

  • Diabetes
  • Arterial hypertension
  • Potassium insufficiency
  • Pregnancy

Excessive and prolonged consumption can lead to toxicity, fluid retention or heart failure.

Before beginning to consume it is advisable to go to the doctor, to make sure that the licorice will not influence in a negative way in our body.

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