Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Licorice Roots Facts

Name Liquorice Root
Scientific Name Glycyrrhiza glabra
Native Southwestern Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean region
Common Names Glycyrrhiza, Chinese Licorice, Gan Cao, Kan-ts’ao, Kuo-lao, Licorice, Licorice Root, Ling-t’ung, Liquorice, Mei-ts’ao, Mi-kan, Mi-ts’ao, Sweet Licorice, Sweet Wood, Yasti Madhu
Plant Growth Habit Herbaceous perennial legume
Growing Climate Warm subtropical or tropical climate preferably in a sunny position
Soil Requires a deep well cultivated fertile moisture-retentive soil for good root production. Prefers a sandy soil with abundant moisture and does not flourish in clay
Plant Size 1 m in height
Root Extensive branching root system. The roots are straight pieces of wrinkled, fibrous wood, which are long and cylindrical (round) and grow horizontally underground. It has numerous lateral branches and stolons and are 1-5cm thick
Root Color Brown on the outside
Flesh Color Yellow
Stem Woody, hairy, upright stem that can reach 3 to 4 feet in height
Leaf Pinnate leaves about 7–15 cm (2.8–5.9 in) long, with 9–17 narrow lanceolate leaflets. Leaves are green colored and covered with sticky glands on the surface. Young leaves feel slightly sticky to touch.
Flower Flowers are 0.8–1.2 cm (1⁄3–1⁄2 in) long, light blue or lilac flowers arranged in the loose clusters composed of 10 or more individual flowers. Flowers grow from the axils of leaves.

 

Name: Licorice Root
Scientific Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra
Origin Southwestern Asia, Europe and the Mediterranean region
Colors Brown (Root)
Shapes Wrinkled, fibrous wood, which are long and cylindrical (round) and grow horizontally underground. (Root)
Flesh colors Yellow (Root)
Taste Sweet
Health benefits Beneficial For Stomach Disorders and Prevent Cancer Growth
Available Root Sized:

Fresh

Dry

 

10cm, 20cm, 30cm.

10cm, 20cm, 30cm.

 

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), which means sweet root in Greek is actually a legume. It contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that is about 50 times sweeter than sugar. The scientific name for licorice root, Glycyrrhiza, comes from “glukos” (sweet) and “riza” (root).

 

Licorice root has been used in both Eastern and Western medicine to treat a variety of illnesses ranging from the common cold to liver disease. Licorice root is often used as a flavoring agent in candies, beverages and toothpaste as it’s naturally sweeter than sugar. But it not just flavoring agent the health benefits of licorice roots are promising and effective to cure chronic diseases.

 

Plant Description

 

Licorice is herbaceous perennial legume about 1 m tall. It is found growing in warm subtropical or tropical climate preferably in a sunny position and prefers deep well cultivated fertile moisture-retentive soil for good root production. Prefers a sandy soil with abundant moisture and does not flourish in clay. The plant has extensive branching root system. The roots are straight pieces of wrinkled, fibrous wood, which are long and cylindrical (round) and grow horizontally underground. It has numerous lateral branches and stolons and is 1-5 cm thick. Licorice roots are brown on the outside and yellow on the inside. It has woody, hairy, upright stem that can reach 2 to 3 feet in height.

 

 

Health benefits of Licorice root

 

Licorice root consists of good amount of nutrients, vitamin and phytonutrients. At this point, it is apparent that you might be interested in finding detailed information about the health benefits of licorice roots. So, continue to read on in the section below to know about the various home remedies with Licorice roots to treat and prevent different health ailments.

 

  1. ​P​MS/Menopause
  2. Beneficial For Stomach Disorders
  3. Fighting Depression
  4. Immunity
  5. For Diabetes
  6. Skin Brightening Effect
  7. Cleanses your respiratory system
  8. Help Prevent Cancer Growth
  9. Combat hepatitis
  10. Pain relief
  11. Beneficial In Weight Loss
  12. Prevent heart disease
  13. Helps to Treat Tuberculosis
  14. Dental Health Benefits
  15. Hair Loss Prevention and Dandruff Treatment
  16. Cough/sore throat
  17. Helps with Herpes and Shingles
  18. HIV