You either love the taste or hate it!
It may have two different spellings Liquorice (British English) or Licorice (American English), but the taste is unmistakable.
You might be surprised to know that Licorice is a herb and not actually just a candy! There are more than 300 different compounds in licorice root, some which have antiviral and antimicrobial (an antimicrobial is an agent that kills microorganisms or stops their growth) properties. Licorice root contains a natural sweetener called glycyrrhizic acid; it is 50 times sweeter than cane sugar.
According to Hindawi, Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry, Licorice roots have the following properties:
- Expectorant (A medicine which promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, used to treat coughs)
- Antipyretic (Used to prevent or reduce fever.)
- Antioxidant (A substance that protects cells from the damage caused by free radicals)
- Memory enhancement effect
- Anxiolytic activities (Anti-Anxiety)
With all the beneficial properties found in licorice root it is known to soothe:
- Gastrointestinal Problems
- Stomach Ulcers
- Mouth Sores
Can Licorice benefit your skin?
The antioxidants in licorice root help block free radicals and keep your skin from ageing prematurely.
Liquorice helps regenerate elastin and collagen for skin that’s smooth to the touch and stretches easily. It also contains amino acids, which have long been known to help moisturize and rehydrate the skin.
Whether you’re struggling with sun-induced freckles and spots, acne scars, or simply want the skin to look a little brighter, then Licorice is a winner. If you’re looking for a natural alternative to chemical brighteners or a gentle ingredient for inflamed skin, you can’t beat the impressive benefits of Licorice!
Great Tip – If you are suffering from melasma (known as the mask of pregnancy), it’s an excellent natural remedy to help lighten the skin after delivery.
Seek expert medical advice before taking during pregnancy. Not for use in persons with hypertension, liver disorders, edema, severe kidney insufficiency, low blood potassium or heart disease. Not for prolonged use except under the supervision of an expert healthcare professional.
Keep Out of the Reach of Children
Store away from heat & light.