One of AdaptoGenie’s favorite adaptogens is licorice root, and not just because I have a sweet tooth. Having been around for centuries, I have seen the amazing benefits of this gentle, but effective herb. Licorice root had a long history of use in a number of ancient civilizations. The early Egyptians loved licorice root. They used it in tea as a cure-all concoction. It was later imported to China where it became an important herb in Chinese medicinal tradition.
The word “licorice” refers to the root of a plant called Glycyrrhiza glabra. It’s native to Europe and Asia.
Today, licorice root, also known as sweet root, is used mostly as a sweetener in candies and beverages, but even the medical community is starting to be more accepting of its overall holistic benefits.
Here is a list of some of the traditional health benefits of licorice root:
Licorice root has been used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers and acid reflux, licorice root can speed the repair of stomach lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid.
One study found that glycyrrhizic acid can suppress the toxic bacteria H pylori, and can prevent it from growing in the gut. There is also research that’s shown people who have peptic ulcer disease, heartburn, or gastritis had improved symptoms when taking licorice root extract.
Licorice is often suggested as a treatment for respiratory problems. Licorice can help the body produce healthy mucus. While increasing phlegm production may seem counterintuitive to a healthy bronchial system, the opposite is true. The production of clean, healthy phlegm keeps the respiratory system functioning without old, sticky mucus clogging it.
Over time, stress can leave the adrenal gland exhausted by constantly producing adrenaline and cortisol. Licorice has historically been used to strengthen the adrenal gland. Licorice root can help the body maintain healthy cortisol levels which in turn will help one better handle stress.
So, take it from AdaptoGenie, licorice is not just for candy. Make it a daily part of your health regimen and start enjoying the sweet benefits.