Liquorice

Liquorice

A perennial plant measuring between 1 and 1.5 metres tall. Its roots form aromatic rhizomes. Its large leaves are perennial, measuring 7 to 15 centimetres in length, and are made up of 9 to 17 folioles. Its small purple flowers, of one centimetre in diameter, are arranged in an inflorescence. Its fruit, in flat pods of 2 to 3 cm long, contains numerous seeds.

Latin name

Glycyrrhiza glabra L.

Origin

Southern Europe and Asia.

Used part

The rhizome.

Active components

Saponins (glycyrrhizinic acid): anti-inflammatory action.

Flavonoids: antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.

Bitter principles: promote digestion.

Usage

Liquorice is described in ancient Arabic writing as a means of soothing a cough and congestion. It is traditionally used to promote digestion (particularly for people with sensitive digestion) and to alleviate stomach cramps. In Ayurvedic medicine, liquorice has been considered a remedy for its anti-inflammatory, laxative and expectorant properties. Nowadays, liquorice is used in prophylaxis and the treatment of dyspepsia. The active ingredients support the normal function of the stomach mucosa and the intestinal wall. 1-8

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