Licorice is an herbal root that comes from a species of the Glycyrrhiza plant. The name of the plant is derived from the Greek word ‘glukurrhiza’, meaning ‘sweet root’. The sweetness of the root comes from the presence of a component known as glycyrrhizin. This component makes the root even sweeter than sugar.
Components of licorice
- Responsible for its sweetness.
- Approx. 250 times as sweet as cane sugar.
- Flavonoid glycosides
- chalcone glycosides
- Licorice root has been used for centuries by the Egyptians, Chinese, Greek and many other nations in Asia for medicinal, confectionery and flavoring purposes.
- The licorice root benefits are surplus and is one of the most widely used herbs in the world.
- Licorice root contains many healthy components. Some of them are flavonoids, plant sterols, volatile oils, chalcones, glycosides, coumarins, glycyrrhizic acid, asparagines and anethole.
- Licorice root provides relief for many health conditions. Some of them are assorted infections, cancer sores, depression, menopausal issues, skin rashes, liver disorders, bursitis, chronic exhaustion, heartburn, dandruff, viral infections, arthritis, tendinitis, baldness, asthma, athlete’s foot and yeast infections.
Skin Benefits of licorice
- Skin brightening
- Fades blemishes
- Antioxidant properties
- Protection against sun-induced skin damage
- Heal and improve dry skin, eczema, skin rash