Oldest Herbal Remedy Renews and Revitalizes Your Digestive System?

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that I’ve always been fascinated with ancient healing herbs.

You know, the ones that have been used for centuries to address pressing health conditions.

One such herb that’s had my attention for some time is licorice.

The licorice plant, more formerly known as Glycyrrhiza glabra, is native to Western Asia and Southern Europe.

And its root is considered one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies.

Medicinal use of licorice root can be traced back to ancient Egypt where it was made into a sweet drink for pharaohs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and healers in the Middle East and Greece turned to licorice root to address a variety of health issues from upper respiratory concerns to upset stomach.

The sweet taste of licorice stems from a compound in the root called glycyrrhizin.

This compound is also thought to hold the secret to the root’s powerful healing powers.

You see, glycyrrhizin is a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

How does that translate to improving health?

Well for one, research has found licorice root to be a promising solution for skin conditions, like acne and eczema. 

Also, preliminary studies have shown licorice root helps address upper respiratory concerns, like a cough and sore throat.

It’s even been found to help protect against bacteria that can lead to cavities.

In one study, preschool kids were given sugar-free lollipops with 15 mg licorice root twice a day during their school week.

Consuming the lollipops was shown to significantly reduce the amount of Streptococcus mutans bacteria – the main cause of cavities.

But my main interest in licorice has been in the area of digestive health.

You see, licorice root has been found to be one of the most effective natural treatments for indigestion, such as acid issues, upset stomach, and heartburn. (That’s why it’s a key ingredient in my Digestive Freedom Plus formula.)

Licorice is effective because it coats the stomach lining and protects the stomach from erosive damage caused by acid.

But before you run down to the store and pick up a pack of Twizzlers to ease your heartburn or tame your acne, keep in mind that red licorice contains no actual licorice root. 

Only black licorice does. Red licorice is really just sugar.

And even many black licorice products sold here in the U.S. contain little or no real licorice.

Instead, they’re made with anise oil which has a similar smell and taste.

When it comes to reaping the most benefit from licorice root, I prefer to go straight to the source.

You can find peeled licorice root dried or as a powder, in supplement or tincture forms.

Just be sure to read labels carefully to be sure you’re getting the real stuff.

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Scott - October 12, 2020

Licorice root is one powerful remedy for many ailments, for heartburn if I ever experience it I have a pickle or drink some pickle juice. Eating antacid is counter productive when you are experiencing heart burn, you need more acid not less. When you drink a little pickle juice you send a message to stop producing acid because you have enough. Keep on grooving, Scott.

Mary Zalewski - October 7, 2020

Did you read the news recently about the guy who died from eating licorice? There are health warnings out about it.

Robin Peck - October 7, 2020

I’ve Loved licorice ever since I was a kid. Most American licorice is thinned out with molasses. It is the true European licorice that is excellent. The problem with that as a nurse I can tell you Licorice is not as benign as people might think. First of all the information I got was from a GI physician that I worked with. You shouldn’t eat more than a half a pound of licorice a month. It can elevate blood pressure, mess up your liver enzymes and eventually do liver damage if eating more than half a pound a month. Just because licorice is an ancient herbal supplement remedy doesn’t mean that you can’t do yourself harm if you overindulge. Many people have the idea that if you take one pill or one of something, two is better… Not true! Be careful when taking remedies that are listed as herbal. Remember that’s where our current medicines came from!

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