Licorice Root

Also Called Gan-cao and The Great Harmonizer

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THE BENEFITS OF GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA

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Licorice Root is an excellent alternative to St. Johns Wort when being used as an anti-depressant. This root was found in great amounts among King Tut's treasures and jewels. The Herb's key theraputic compound, Glycyrrhizen (which is 50 times sweeter than sugar) exerts numerous beneficial effects on the body , making licorice a valuable herb for treating quite a few ailments.      

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THINGS TO BE AWARE OF

This information is intended for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice or to replace independaent professional judgment. Statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Consult a doctor before beginning any new herbs.

Cautions: Not for long term use without medical advice, the key to using Licorice is moderation. Licorice Root can elevate blood pressure, lower potassium and cause water retention. Not for those who have hypertension, kidney problems, diabetes or heart problems.

Respiratory- 

Licorice eases congestion and coughing by helping to loosen the thin muscles in airways. This makes cough more productive bringing up more phlegm and other mucas. This root also helps relax bronchial caverns, while also fighting viruses of the repiratory system.

Digestive Tract-

Excellent for the digestive tract from the mouth all the way down. It tastes great, can help heal ulcers, lower stomach acid levels, a mild laxative and relieve heartburn. 

Increases Energy- 

By enhancing Cortizol activity, this root helps to increase energy. Also easing stress and reduce the symptoms of ailments related to Cortizol levels. Chronic Fatigue Syndrom and Fybromilagia are just to of them.

Great For The Throat-

Singers, Speakers or anyone else that can overwork their voice can benefit from Licorice Root. Thanks to its help with inflimation and irritation it is good for the whole digetstive tract, starting in your mouth!

PMS-

The Phytoestrogens have a mild estrogenic effect on the body, making this herb potentially very effective in treating symptoms of PMS. Licoric Roots mild estrogenic effect overrides its inhibiting effects.

Aspirin Like Action-

Licorice has an Aspirin like action that is help-full at relieving pain such as headaches. Its anti-allergenic effects help symptoms like hay fever, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivas and bronchial asthma. Helps improve our resistance to stress. 

Adrenal Tonic

Many herbalists regard licoric root as a natural alternative to hydrocortison. As an adrenal tonic this root helps the body produce the very chemicals that aid the bodies recovery from chronic anxiety and stress, like addcitions.