This herb has been used
since ancient times to treat a variety of common ailments. It is sweet to taste and is
often used as a gentle and effective laxative.
Chinese and Western
herbalists also use liquorice root as a cough suppressant and maintain that it also
soothes the mouth and throat. In addition they prescribe it for digestive disorders and
maintain that it prevents stomach. It can be applied externally to relieve skin
irritations such as eczema and herpes sores.
How It May Benefit
Take internally for:
Apply externally for:
You may experience upset
stomach, diarrhoea, headache, facial puffiness, ankle swelling, oedema (fluid retention),
grogginess, weakness. Also only use in small doses and always see your
naturopath or herbalist before taking.
Do not use this herb if you
Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced
herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.
Liquorice is available as
dried root, liquid extract, and capsules.