Benefits of liquorice

22 May, 2015 | News

Liquorice is a woody shrub native to the Mediterranean region, although it also grows in subtropical Euro-Asia. It blooms from May to July and is harvested during late autumn and early winter. Although it can be used as an infusion, it is more common and agreeable in tablet form.

Liquorice usage dates back to ancient times. Even the oldest known book on Chinese medicinal herbs and plants mentions liquorice. There is also evidence of liquorice consumption at the ancient tables of the Assyrian empire and in the papyri of Egyptian medicine.

Among the main qualities of liquorice are its pharmacological properties, such as its antispasmodic and expectorant action which contributes to relieving bronchial spasms by stimulating secretions and reducing viscosity. Moreover its anti-inflammatory properties soothe irritated throats, helping to relieve cough symptoms.

Another property of liquorice is its ability to protect the digestive system. The consumption of this plant stimulates the formation of interferon in our bodies, a protein produced by cells with defensive properties against viruses, protecting the stomach against gastric ulcers as well as soothing acidity and heartburn.

Furthermore, the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of liquorice are beneficial for the treatment of canker sores. It is also commonly used as a remedy against bad breath.