Liquorice seeds Licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra seeds
Synonyms: Glycyrrhiza glandulifera, Lacris, Licorice, Licourice, Liquorice, Lycorys, Reglisse, Sweet Root
The root raw or dried is used as a flavouring. It is the source of liquorice powder that is extracted and used as a sweetener in sweets, baked goods, ice cream, soft drinks etc, it is also used medicinally. A sweet and delicious flavour, but the root is very fibrous. The root contains glycyrrhizin, a substance that is 50 times sweeter than sucrose. The dried root is often used for chewing, it is excellent for teething children and also as a tooth cleaner. A tea made from the roots is an excellent thirst quencher. The powdered root is also used as a sweetener in other herb teas. The leaves are used as a tea substitute in Mongolia.
Liquorice his one of the most commonly used herbs in Western herbal medicine and has a very long history of use, both as a medicine and also as a flavouring to disguise the unpleasant flavour of other medications.
It is a very sweet, moist, soothing herb that detoxifies and protects the liver and is also powerfully anti-inflammatory, being used in conditions as varied as arthritis and mouth ulcers.
The root is alternative, antispasmodic, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, laxative, moderately pectoral and tonic.
The root has also been shown to have a hormonal effect similar to the ovarian hormone.
Liquorice root is much used in cough medicines and also in the treatment of catarrhal infections of the urinary tract.
It is taken internally in the treatment of Addison's disease, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, peptic ulcer, arthritis, allergic complaints and following steroidal therapy.
It should be used in moderation and should not be prescribed for pregnant women or people with high blood pressure, kidney disease or taking digoxin-based medication.
Externally, the root is used in the treatment of herpes, eczema and shingles.
The root is harvested in the autumn when 3 – 4 years old and is dried for later use.
The plant yields a substance that is used for etching steel sections in photomicrographic work.
Extracts from the root are used as a foaming agent in beers and fire extinguishers.
A fibre obtained from the roots is used for insulation, wallboard, boxboard etc.
The fibres can be used after the medicinal and flavouring constituents of the root have been removed.
Chewing on a liquorice root will make you passionate.
It's also a good practice to use while quitting smoking.
Liquorice is added to love and lust sachets, carried to attract love, and used in spells to ensure fidelity.
Liquorice sticks/roots make useful wands.