Bulk Licorice Root Cut & Sifted

Glycyrrhiza glabra
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[ 314 ]Glycyrrhiza glabra

Licorice Root Cut & Sifted

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Licorice, also called sweet root, or gan cao in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a member of the pea family that is native to Asia and southern Europe. The root of the plant contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that is up to 50 times sweeter than table sugar.

The root, which is harvested from second or third year specimens, is dried for use in making teas, infusions and decoctions.

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approximate cups to one pound5
active compoundsAsparagin, Flavonoids, Triterpene saponins, Sterols, Coumarins, Polysaccharides
plant part usedroot
processingcut & sifted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaFibrous and woody with a spicy, sweet aroma.


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decorativeAdd a handful to potpourri mixes for texture, color and scent.
culinaryMake strong hot water infusions to produce syrups, tonics and teas. Licorice root is also used to flavor homemade soda and beer.
aromaticTincture for use in perfumery.
safetyDo not use long-term or take in high dosages due to the risk of potassium depletion. If you have a known heart condition or high blood pressure, check with your doctor before using this herb.

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Has a strong flavor similar to fennel or anise.

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Licorice root is harvested from the rhizome of a semi-tropical plant in the bean family that comes from Europe and some parts of Asia. This species, also known as sweet wood licorice and European licorice, is the one most familiar as a culinary herb.

In addition to tea, licorice root lends its flavor to simple syrups and lozenges, although the conventional licorice hard candies and “rope” sweet treat actually feature oil of anise as the primary flavoring agent with licorice added for sweetness. Licorice is also used in the pharmaceutical industry as a natural sweetener and flavor enhancer. In fact, due to the presence of glycyrrhizic acid, a compound that’s many times sweeter than sugar, licorice is also known as sweet root.

Background: Licorice has been known as a sweet additive that is used in all types of candy. It is thought to be as much as 50 times sweeter than sugar. However, licorice has many more valuable uses than as a sweetening agent.

Licorice is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can help to sooth arthritis. It also works to help the stomach make more mucus for its lining. This reduces problems with upset stomach, ulcers, and acid indigestion. As you'll see, licorice can be a valuable herbal medication for your overall good health.

Applications: Anti-inflammatory/Expectorant/Laxative/Adrenal agent/Demulcent

Licorice is primarily used to treat problems with the digestive system.

Digestion: Licorice helps to sooth the mucosae linings of the stomach and intestines. This helps to prevent ulcers and other inflammations.

Expectorant: Licorice helps to thin mucus making it valuable for asthma and other chest problems.

Adrenal gland: Licorice causes the adrenal glands to produce hormones. This is helpful for someone with low adrenal function.

Laxative: Licorice can be used to relieve constipation.

Canker sores: Licorice can help to soothe canker sores.

Description: Licorice is a plant that is native to Europe and Asia. However, cultivated in many other places. When the plant reaches three or four years old, the root is pulled up. The plant itself is a woody perennial that can grow up to 6 feet high with purple flowers.

Dosage: As a tincture, mix 1/2 tsp with 100 ml water and take twice daily.

As a powder, rub directly on canker sores to provide relief.

As a decoction, drink 1 cup twice daily for constipation.

A dried juice stick may be chewed to relieve problems with digestion.

Safety: If you have anemia, high blood pressure, or are pregnant, you should not take licorice. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.

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please be advised:  Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.

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