Licorice Root

Licorice Root is a wonderful herb to take when dealing with a sugar addiction

This botanical is used both by Western and Oriental herbal therapies, thereby having an interesting assortment of uses. The Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Hindus are among the cultures that have many uses for licorice. It grows wild in southern and central Europe. It is native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. It is cultivated in Russia, Spain, Iran and India.

What is Licorice?

The liquorice plant is a legume, related to beans and peas.

Although, it has a similar taste, it is not related to anise, star anise or fennel.

Many Uses for This Amazing Root

  • The Chinese herbal formulas frequently contain licorice as a catalyst in many of their formulas.
  • It can be used in herbal teas for children to mask the taste of other, more disagreeable herbs.
  • This botanical herb contains a glycoside that is many times sweeter than sugar and can reduce sugar cravings.
  • It can improve your stamina, energy and endurance but is not highly stimulating.
  • It is a mild remedy with minimal chronic toxicity
  • It is very sweet, calming and relaxing
  • It helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • It’s beneficial when treating both hypoglycemia and diabetes.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • It can be used when a sore throat is present.

Licorice Candies

Liquorice flavour is found in a wide variety of liquorice candies and cough drops.

The most popular in the United Kingdom are liquorice allsorts.

In continental Europe, however, far stronger, saltier candies are preferred.

In most of these candies the taste is reinforced by aniseed oil, and the actual content of liquorice is very low.


Although this is a safe herb, there are some cautions that you must be aware of, especially, when taking large doses for a long period of time.

  • This herb should be avoided in cases of high blood pressure.
  • It should also be avoided when taking Digitalis.
  • Vertigo or dizziness and headaches are symptoms of many things and over use of licorice is one of them.
  • If you are already taking a Potassium supplement, this can counteract some of these effects.

These effects are seen most in individuals using licorice extracts or licorice derived from drug isolates rather than taking the whole licorice root.

Nature's Sunshine's Licorice, either tincture or in capsules, is the whole licorice root. It is high in magnesium, silicon and thiamine.

I suggest you go to your Health Care Practitioner to discuss using this herb.

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