Years ago, candies were often made with real licorice. Many candies labeled licorice in the United States do not contain licorice, but rather anise. Although known as licorice, these candies do not contain the beneficial properties of black licorice.
Herbal Medicinal Uses
Black licorice is derived from the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant. It adds a sweet pungent flavor to foods. The plant is native to Europe and parts of Asia. Medicinally, licorice may be utilized to treat adrenal insufficiency, bronchitis, duodenal ulcers, eczema, gastric ulcers, heartburn, hepatitis, herpes and indigestion.. For medicinal purposes licorice is consumed as a tea, nutritional supplement or some people chew directly on the root.
Gastric Ulcers - Peppermint and chamomile may be combined with the black licorice extract for the treatment of gastrointestinal ailments. Certain properties found in black licorice are known to block the breakdown of prostaglandins. These prostaglandins protect the stomach from harmful stomach acids.
Herpes Simplex Virus and Viral Hepatitis – Current studies indicate the anti-viral properties found in black licorice may be effective for the treatment of Herpes Simplex Virus and Viral Hepatitis. The study reveals positive results when used in conjunction with the medication carbenoxolone. Combined the two may reduce the viral spread of the diseases.
Expectorant and Cough Suppressant – Black licorice may be used to soothe sore throats. Bronchitis and other respiratory ailments may benefit from its expectorant and cough suppressant properties. Many cough medicines produced outside the United States contain licorice.
Other Medicinal Purposes – The flavenoids in licorice are known for the ability to lower cholesterol. A couple of swishes with a licorice rinse may help rid one of canker sores.
Warning: Always check with a physician before choosing to utilize licorice to treat medical symptoms. Licorice supplements and even candy containing real licorice may not be safe for children and might be ill-advised for some adults.
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