Licorice root has many benefits. Anti-ulcer, it is used against gastric and duodenal ulcers. Expectorant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic, it is particularly useful against coughs, bronchitis, colds, but also against gastritis. Latin name: Glycyrrhiza glabra L. Part of the plant: roots.

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In case of Gastritis

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 1.5 teaspoons of dry roots, or approximately 4.5 g, into 150 mL of hot water. Leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes then filter. Drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 teaspoon of dry roots per cup of cold water. Boil for 3 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Filter, and drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In cold maceration

Pour 8 to 16 g of dry or fresh roots into 500 mL of cold water. Leave to macerate for about 6 hours, then filter. Drink during the day.

Plants often associated

Angelic, Matricaria Chamomile, Plantain, Marshmallow

In case of' Digestive ulcer

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 1.5 teaspoons of dry roots, or approximately 4.5 g, into 150 mL of hot water. Leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes then filter. Drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 teaspoon of dry roots per cup of cold water. Boil for 3 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Filter, and drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In cold maceration

Pour 8 to 16 g of dry or fresh roots into 500 mL of cold water. Leave to macerate for about 6 hours, then filter. Drink during the day.

Plants often associated

Turmeric, Marjoram, Walnut, Oregano, Meadowsweet, Worry, Plantain, Loosestrife, Willow

In case of' Irritated eyes

Recommended modes of use

In compress

Make a concentrated decoction with 20 g of dry roots per 100 mL of water or an infusion of 5 g of dry roots per 100 mL of water. Let cool. Soak a compress or clean cloth in the preparation then apply to the affected areas.

In lotion

Make an infusion of 5 g of dry roots per 100 mL of water. Filter with a coffee filter, let cool and use as a lotion or eye bath.

Plants often associated

Matricaria Chamomile, Pink, Red Vine, Mauve, Cornflower, Eyebright

In case of Bronchitis, Cold, Cough, Wet cough, ENT infection, Sore throat, Tracheitis

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 1.5 teaspoons of dry roots, or approximately 4.5 g, into 150 mL of hot water. Leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes then filter. Drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 teaspoon of dry roots per cup of cold water. Boil for 3 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Filter, and drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In cold maceration

Pour 8 to 16 g of dry or fresh roots into 500 mL of cold water. Leave to macerate for about 6 hours, then filter. Drink during the day.

In case of Dyspepsia, Difficult digestion, Digestive disorders, Digestive spasms

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 1.5 teaspoons of dry roots, or approximately 4.5 g, into 150 mL of hot water. Leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes then filter. Drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 teaspoon of dry roots per cup of cold water. Boil for 3 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Filter, and drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In cold maceration

Pour 8 to 16 g of dry or fresh roots into 500 mL of cold water. Leave to macerate for about 6 hours, then filter. Drink during the day.

In case of' Canker sore, stomatitis, gingivitis

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 1.5 teaspoons of dry roots, or approximately 4.5 g, into 150 mL of hot water. Leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes then filter. Drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 teaspoon of dry roots per cup of cold water. Boil for 3 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Filter, and drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In cold maceration

Pour 8 to 16 g of dry or fresh roots into 500 mL of cold water. Leave to macerate for about 6 hours, then filter. Drink during the day.

Gargling

Make a concentrated decoction with 20 g of dry roots per 100 mL of water. Leave to cool and use as a gargle.

In case of Constipation

Recommended modes of use

In infusion

Pour 1.5 teaspoons of dry roots, or approximately 4.5 g, into 150 mL of hot water. Leave to infuse for 10 to 15 minutes then filter. Drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In decoction

Pour 1 teaspoon of dry roots per cup of cold water. Boil for 3 minutes then leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Filter, and drink 1 to 2 cups per day.

In cold maceration

Pour 8 to 16 g of dry or fresh roots into 500 mL of cold water. Leave to macerate for about 6 hours, then filter. Drink during the day.

Plants often associated

Pink, Worry, Marshmallow, Mauve, Olivier, Bourdaine

In case of' Eczema, Pruritus

Recommended modes of use

In compress

Make a concentrated decoction with 20 g of dry roots per 100 mL of water or an infusion of 5 g of dry roots per 100 mL of water. Let cool. Soak a compress or clean cloth in the preparation then apply to the affected areas.

In lotion

Make an infusion of 5 g of dry roots per 100 mL of water. Filter with a coffee filter, let cool and use as a lotion or eye bath.

Plants often associated

Matricaria Chamomile, Hibiscus, Borage, Nettle, Fumitory, Dandelion, Birch, Burdock

Properties and active components

Properties

  • expectorant (glycyrrhizin)
  • antibacterial (glycyrrhizin, flavonoids)
  • antiviral (glycyrrhizin)
  • antifungal (glycyrrhizin, flavonoids)
  • antispasmodic (flavonoids)
  • anti-inflammatory (glycyrrhizin, flavonoids)
  • antiulcer (glycyrrhizin)
  • hepatoprotective (glycyrrhizin)
  • antioxidant (glycyrrhizin, flavonoids)
  • adrenal stimulant
  • healing

Active components

  • Triterpene saponosides: glycyrrhizin
  • Flavonoids: isoliquiritoside, liquiritoside, liquiritigenin, licochalcone, glabrol, licoricidin, glabrene, glabridin, etc.
  • Coumarins: umbelliferone, herniarin
  • Polysaccharides: glycyrrhizan
  • Phytosterols
  • Asparagine
  • Tannins
  • Essential oils

Precautions for use

  • Contraindicated in cases of hypertension and heart or kidney failure.
  • Seek medical advice if taking corticosteroids.
  • Do not exceed the recommended doses and do not use for a prolonged period (more than 6 weeks).
  • Not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Botanical

If Licorice is best known in sticks or candies, its plant does not enjoy such a great reputation. From the family of Fabaceae, Licorice is a sub-shrub with robust, hollow stems that can reach 1 to 2 m high. His alternate leaves are composed of 9 to 17 leaflets, and its blue flowers à yellowish white bloom in June-July, and are arranged in clusters. They then give rise to flat pods 2 cm long and 5 to 6 mm wide.

The well-known root is formed from long underground shoots giving new stem stems. The ideal climate for growing Licorice is one continental climate. It is harvested in spring and fall, from plants at least 3 years old. The main producers of this plant are Russia, there China, there Türkiye, there Bulgaria, l’Italy, l’Iraq and theIran. With a sweet flavor, Licorice root is widely sought after as flavoring or for the liquors. Its name, Glycyrrhiza, means “sweet root” in Greek.

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