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History of licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra | Yasti-madhu)

The healing effects were already written down in ancient times by Roman and Greek doctors. But this miracle root was also very popular in the Middle Ages. Liquorice originally comes from southwest Asia, but is now also grown in Russia, Spain, Turkey, Iran and Bulgaria.

Areas of application of licorice

Liquorice is often used in the kitchen because its sweetness is around 50 times higher than that of normal sugar. The licorice is not only ideal for baking, it can also be used wonderfully for preparing meat to give it a lovely taste.

In 2012, licorice was named medicinal plant of the year, and not without reason. Old medicinal herbal books also say that licorice is used for overheated stomachs and cleanses the chest and lungs. Because it has an antispasmodic, expectorant and expectorant effect.

Area of ​​application in Ayurveda

Licorice is often used in Ayurvedic medicine. Numerous Ayurvedic teas are enriched with licorice and not just because of its sweetness. It reduces Vata and Pitta Dosha. It is therefore good for the eyes and hair and protects the throat mucosa. It is slightly diuretic, good for the nerves and psyche (medhya rasayana), strengthening, revitalizing, wound-healing and pain-relieving. It is therefore often used for the following symptoms:

  • acidic stomach
  • stomach ulcers
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Colds in general
  • asthma
  • Flatulence
  • Inflammation
  • migraine
  • Wounds
  • wasting
  • stress
  • Etc.

side effect

Liquorice should not be taken for a long time as it can increase blood pressure and increased edema can form. In general, people with heart and kidney problems should not take licorice without consulting a doctor or naturopath. Liquorice should also be dosed carefully if you have a high Kapha Dosha , as its sweetness can increase Kapha. You should also avoid taking licorice during pregnancy.

Application in my practice

In my Ayurvedic practice I use licorice as a tea for colds. To do this, simply pour hot water over grated licorice root and let it stand for about 8-10 minutes. Then drink in small sips. You can also chew directly on the root (which can be purchased in drugstores).

But the licorice is also found as a lepa (herbal dressing) in the “Dashanga” powder mixture and I like to use it for skin problems or in the Udvartana (herbal powder massage).

If you have stomach problems, licorice can also be taken directly as a powder.

Liquorice is one of many medicinal plants that are often underestimated. The roots of this beautiful plant are a gift to our health. Let's use them!

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