Licorice Root: Little Do You Know But It Carries A Lot Of Benefits
- Pragya Jha
Updated : January 20, 2022 05:01 IST
Licorice roots or mulethi is a classical ayurvedic remedy. Want to know more?
In ancient China, licorice root was considered one of the most important medicines. It grows in parts of Europe and Asia. The main medicinal part of licorice root is glycyrrhizic acid or glycyrrhizin.
Here are the three general health benefits of licorice roots that have been well documented in various cultures over the centuries.
1. Good for sore throat
Suffering from a scratchy or sore throat? Have a cup of licorice root powder tea. Licorice can help treat oral problems such as cancerous ulcers and plaque. Applying a paste of licorice and honey in powder form can help soothe cancerous ulcers, thanks to its healing and refreshing properties. Licorice root also helps relieve heartburn, tooth decay, stomach ulcers and digestive problems.
2. Aids weight loss
The abundance of flavonoids in mulethi roots helps the body lose excess weight faster. Loaded with essential fibre and nutrients, when taken regularly, it relieves hunger and prevents overeating and can play a vital role in your weight-loss regimen. This root also reduces the build-up of LDL (i.e. bad cholesterol) in the body, improving metabolism and helping the body maintain proper weight.
3. Contains antibacterial properties
Licorice root is an antibacterial and antiviral herb that has been used against a variety of viruses, including hepatitis, herpes, pneumonia, and the rhinoceros virus (the common cold). A powerhouse of antioxidants and healthy nutrients, this refreshing herb plays a key role in treating a variety of skin problems.
Licorice roots can be taken orally in case of viral infections and externally for wounds such as herpes lesions. In addition to preventing viral infection, licorice roots can also boost the immune system to kill viruses more effectively.
As a medicinal herb, licorice root has long been appreciated for its profound and positive effect on your health.
Warning: Although it is a very safe herb and has few side effects, you should not eat or drink too much licorice root as it can lead to high blood pressure.