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Meet the Medicine: Licorice Root

Latin Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra

Herb Class/Action: Demulcent, Expectorant, Mild Laxative, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Spasmodic, Antihepatotoxic, Adaptogen, Anti-Viral

Parts Used: Dried root

Flavors: mucilaginous, sweet and pleasant earthy odor

Energetics: Warming

Benefits: Respiratory, Digestive, Musculatory/Skeletal

Plant medicine Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is used for its root. As it becomes dry, the root can be diced or kept whole to use for an herbal tea preparation.

It can be used via infusion or tinctured.

Licorice root can be used blended as an adaptogenic herb in which could help reduce elevated cortisol levels, and assist in relieving symptoms of extreme fatigue, low blood pressure, and hypoglycemia while stimulating the immune system.

The root immune amphoteric and can be used to stimulate immune function to individuals with immune deficiency (cancer and chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome), to reduce excessive immune response in individuals with allergies (animal dander allergies and allergic asthma), and can reregulate the immune response in individuals with hyper/hypo immune conditions, which describes most autoimmune disease.

Licorice can be a significant benefit for people with IBS/IBD (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis). It is a prominent remedy for gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, ileitis and leaky gut syndrome (intestinal hyperpermeability).

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