Liquorice / Licorice Whole Root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
Licorice has come to be associated with a strong candy flavor, but the plant itself — Glycyrrhiza glabra — has distinct qualities. Licorice root is an adaptogen plant that grows throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia. It's been used for thousands of years for a variety of uses, most notably as a leaky gut remedy.
It works well for functional dyspepsia, which includes not just heartburn but also nausea, indigestion, and stomach discomfort. Licorice root is an anti-inflammatory and demulcent plant that may be used to treat ulcers, sore throats, and coughs. It can also be used as a leaky gut supplement, and its antiviral qualities make it a potentially strong immune system ally.
Licorice has been shown to help the body manage cortisol – the stress hormone — more effectively, giving your adrenals a rest. It turns out that it's one of the most important adaptogen herbs for boosting stress resistance.
Finally, Licorice root appears to have an estrogen-like action in women, making it a viable solution for menstrual and fertility-related issues, including as a natural cure for PMS, or stomach cramps, as well as muscular cramps.
When Glycyrrhiza glabra is overused, it can cause negative side effects such as high blood pressure, low potassium levels, edema (swelling), chronic fatigue, and other issues. Also, stop taking licorice root two weeks before surgery, as it may interfere with blood pressure control during surgical procedures.
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