Licorice dates back to ancient Egypt, where the root was made into a sweet drink for pharaohs. It was also amongst the many treasures found in the Egyptian pharaoh King Tut's tomb from 1350 B.C. (...and honey!).
In Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Greek medicines, it was used to soothe an upset stomach, reduce inflammation, and treat upper respiratory problems.
It has been used in commerce as a flavoring agent for confections, liqueurs, and tobacco for centuries. Glycyrrhizin, a cortisone-like chemical found in high proportions in the roots, is said to be 50 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar).
- Inflammation of the lining of the stomach
- Upper GI tract
- Stomach ulcers
- Acid reflux
- Upper Respiratory & Oral Health
- Healthy teeth & gums
- Upper respiratory infections
- Sore throat
- Help get rid of mucus from the lungs
- Help relax bronchial spasms
- Skin redness
- Athlete's foot
- Hot flashes
- Regulates cortisol levels (the stress hormone)
- Menopausal symptoms
- Immune System
- Boosts immune health
- Prevents bacterial and viral infections