Herbs & Natural Foods for Health

Licorice

Scientific Name - Glycyrrhiza glabra

Properties - Laxative, expectorant, digestive aid, demulcent, antispasmodic, adrenal agent, mild estrogenic

Common Uses - Licorice root can be chewed or made into tea. It is frequently found in cough preparations and candies, often combined with anise seed. Consumption of licorice is believed to aid in healing stomach ulcers. Tea made from licorice and other anti-spasmodic herbs is often taken for menstrual cramps.

Parts Used - Root (dried)

Locating & Handling - Root or tea is available in health food stores.

Caution - Excessive amounts may raise blood pressure and cause fluid retention. Should be avoided during pregnancy and by anyone with high blood pressure, heart or kidney ailments.

Origin - Native to Asia and Mediterranean region.


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