Liquorice Root - 60-70g Powder
Liquorice for most people is a typical Dutch delicacy, but the origin of this amazing plant as a medicine lies far back in history to the ancient times of Babylonia and Egypt.
- Aids in respiratory issues – including in easing coughs
- Reduces stomach acid and aids in treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Antiviral – including herpes virus and therefore aids with fever blisters
The first official records of liquorice root actually come from a newly discovered version of the book of Genesis, dated 7000 BC - the scrolls were found in Nippur, the capital of the Babylonian Empire, it reflects that liquorice root, along with other herbs and spices were used as a possible cure against the plague.
Liquorice has since been documented in Egypt as a “cure-all” around the times of the great Pharaohs. In 1923 at the first opening of pharaoh Tutankhamun's impressive tomb there were large quantities of liquorice root extract found. The taste was apparently so appreciated that liquorice root had to be present at all Egyptian burials. This sweet root has also been consumed for its health benefits by the likes of Caesar as well as Alexander the Great.
The amazing health benefits of liquorice have also been written about by the likes of Shen Nung in the Pen Asa Ching, Hippocrates and the Greek philosopher and botanist Theophrastus.
Liquorice has traditionally been utilized to increase energy and stamina, fight bronchitis, upper respiratory catarrh, and coughs, as well as to reduce stomach acid. It also increases mucus secretion in the gastric tract, soothing irritation and inflammation.
Liquorice root contains more than 20 triterpenoids and nearly 300 flavonoids - with the main active components among them being glycyrrhizin, 18β-glycyrrhetinic acid, liquiritigenin, licochalcone A, E and glabridin
Immuno-modulating effects of glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhetinic acid as well as various triterpenoids have been shown to induce interferon-gamma and other cytokines response, which accounts for the powerful antiviral, anti- inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, and antimalarial effects from this root
Liquorice root also helps the body produce healthy mucus within the bronchial system as well as tracheal system, providing demulcent and expectorant effects. This keeps the respiratory system functioning well making it effective in treatment of sore throat, cough and bronchial catarrh
This root also inhibits the growth of various viruses, including herpes simplex, varicella zoster, as well as the infamous influenza virus.
1-3 tsp per day
May increase cortisol availability to tissues - best taken morning/ midday
Small amounts at night to soothe digestive tract and clear heat
*Check interactions (*Hormones, cortisol levels and medications)
Sweet, bitter, salty, sour
Powder: Glycyrrhiza Glabra