Licorice was first recorded on ancient Assyrian tablets and Egyptian papyri.
Licorice root has been widely used as a respiratory herb; it has a soothing and healing action, reducing irritation and inflammation and has an expectorant effect, useful in soothing irritating coughs, asthma and chest infections. It eases congestion and coughing by thinning mucous in the airways causing a ‘productive’ cough. In the digestive system it has been used for the relief of abdominal colic, to treat intestinal ulcers, relieve heartburn and indigestion, and act as a mild laxative.
Licorice has a marked effect on the adrenal system and has the ability to improve resistance to stress and increase energy levels. It contains powerful antioxidants as well as certain Phytoestrogens that can perform some of the functions of the body’s natural estrogens; it can be very helpful during the menopause. Consult your local Herbalist or Naturopath for correct dosage.