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Licorice root, medicinal properties and contraindications

Among the many medicinal plants licorice is very popular. The second name is liquorice. This medicinal plant grows on the territory of European countries, including Ukraine, Russia and Moldova.

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Medicinal value is primarily the root of the plant. It contains a large amount of substances useful to the human body. It has a sweet taste. To feel this, it is enough to try the infusion or decoction, prepared on the basis of shredded root.

What is useful?

  1. Licorice is famous for the content of organic acids, as well as substances that are similar in action and chemical structure to the steroid hormones responsible for the body's anti-bacterial immunity. That is why ground licorice is used as a food additive.
  2. Ground licorice root has long been used as an expectorant, enveloping and anti-inflammatory agent. His reception is justified in asthma and other respiratory diseases. Gargling with licorice powder diluted in water is a popular therapy for oral ulcers and gum disease.
  3. More recently, scientists have isolated a number of components from liquorice that can lower cholesterol levels in the blood and cleanse blood vessels.
  4. Broth licorice root helps eliminate the burning sensation that occurs during urination, clean the kidneys. It is also useful in anemia, pneumonia, various types of fever.

Slimming

As a very pleasant side effect of regular use of licorice root should be called a reduction in body fat and a ban on their new deposition. Along with a positive change in body mass index, there is also a decrease in blood cholesterol levels. All this allows you to normalize metabolism, and together with the digestive benefits of licorice - significantly affect your figure.

Although you should not consume powder from licorice root solely for the purpose of losing weight, since this herbal product has a whole range of side effects and contraindications.

Natural antidote

The glycyrrhizic acid present in the plant is used in medicine for the prevention of diabetes mellitus, the treatment of allergic reactions and the neutralization of the effects of drug intoxication.

The fact that licorice is able to neutralize a variety of poisons was known many centuries ago. Now this plant is actively used to remove bacterial toxins and other poisonous compounds from the body.

For perfect digestion

Licorice root is one of the most popular food additives recommended for the treatment and prevention of gastrointestinal diseases. The University of Maryland notes the high efficacy of this natural product, along with some well-known herbs, in maintaining healthy digestion, stimulating gastric juices and fast food digestion, and in preventing heartburn.

In practice, a special additive based on licorice under the brand name "Iberogast" has proven itself well. Acceptance of this agent in 1 mg 3 times a day for 4 weeks significantly reduces heartburn and bloating.

In combinatorial diabetes therapy

These recommendations are confirmed by studies published in the journal “Natural Product Interactions” for August 2005. The publication describes the presence in the composition of the licorice root of a special substance likvitritenina, which helps control blood sugar and cholesterol levels in diabetics and reduces the degree of stress for liver tissues.

But the use of licorice for diabetics is not limited to the above effects. The specific components of this herbal remedy cause the body to send new portions of glucose into the bloodstream to prevent cases of hypoglycemia among diabetics.

R.N. Ellsworth, author of Natural Remedies for Diabetes, recommends licorice root as an ambulance for the body when it reaches dangerously low blood sugar. In parallel, licorice will significantly assist in the normalization of pancreatic functions for a longer period.

Frankie Avalon Wolff, in his work “A Guide for Dummies on Herbal Medicines”, gives prescription regarding dosage. A small pinch of licorice powder or a couple of capsules (if we are talking about a nutritional supplement) between meals will be quite enough to keep blood sugar at a proper safe level.

Against smoking

According to the American Lung Association, most cancer-related deaths occur in lung cancer — more than in breast, intestinal, or prostate cancers. In the United States alone, about 13 million people suffer from chronic lung diseases. But, even more sadly, a significant number of such diseases can be prevented.

And the first step towards reducing risks is to stop smoking. If you are unable to do it yourself, without drugs and food additives, seek help from licorice root (licorice).

A rather sharp, but pleasant root flavor is a sign of the content of an aromatic compound called anethole. This compound was also found in the composition of dill and anise. Another curious component of licorice is glycyrrhizin. It is about 50 times sweeter than granulated sugar.

Although there is no clinical evidence for the effectiveness of licorice root in the fight against smoking, the practice of unconventional treatment of nicotine dependence with nicotine is widespread in the United States. The theory popular among herbalists relies on the fact that glycyrrhizin in the composition of the sweet root is similar in its chemical structure to the hormones corticosteroids produced by the adrenal glands.

Eating licorice root improves the functioning of the adrenal glands, relieves stress and prevents adrenaline from being released into the blood of smokers. In other words, licorice confronts such harmful side effects of smoking as increased blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, vascular fragility, impaired blood sugar levels, etc.

Storage and use

Licorice root can be consumed in the form of alcoholic infusion, decoction, powder. On its basis, healthy sweets are also produced.

Licorice root can be harvested all year round. The plant is dug out of the ground, the root is cleaned, separated from the stems and dried. After drying, remove the cork shell, crushed to a powder.

Collection of medicinal raw materials

For therapeutic purposes, 4-year-old licorice roots are used, which should be dug out in November or March. Dug out roots should be rinsed from the ground with cold water, cleaned of bark and dried in the sun or in ventilated areas. Dried licorice roots must be yellow in color, break well, but not crumble.

Store the finished raw materials should be in boxes or cans. Shelf life is 10 years.

Chemical composition

The roots and rhizomes of licorice contain up to 23% saponin - glycyrrhizin (potassium and calcium salt of glycyrrhizic acid) imparts sickly sweet taste, as well as the numerous derivatives glitsirrezinovoy acid, about 30 Flavonoid (likviritin, likurazid, glabrozid, uranozid, quercetin, apigenin, ononin, etc.), mono- and disaccharides (up to 20%), starch (up to 34%), pectins (up to 6%), gums (up to 40%), bitter substances (up to 4%), phenolcarboxylic acids (salicylic, Sinapic, ferulic) and their derivatives (salicylate acetate), coumarins (up to 2.6%), tannic ve substances (up to 14%), alkaloids, essential oil (up to 0.03%), organic acids - up to 4.6% (tartaric, citric, malic, fumaric). The aerial part contains saponins, tannins, flavonoids, essential oils, sugars, pigments and other substances.

The rhizomes and roots contain: ash - 7.88%, macronutrients (mg / g): K - 14.50, Ca - 11.50, Mn - 2.40, Fe -0.70, microelements (CBN): Mg - 0.15, Cu - 0.31, Zn - 0.33, Cr - 0.07, Al - 0.53, Ba - 0.42, V - 0.28, Se - 12.14, Ni - 0 , 63, Sr - 1.01, Pb - 0.03. B - 54.80 µg / g. Not found So, Mo. Cd, Li, Ag, Au, I, Br. Concentrates Fe, Sr, Se.

Medicinal properties of licorice root

In the roots of licorice contains glycosides, sucrose, glucose, asparagine, starch, proteins, mineral salts, pectic substances. Licorice roots have antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties.

One of the most ancient medicinal plants, often referred to in Ebers papyrus. Licorice was the favorite medicine of doctors in China, India, Tibet. Later, it was adopted by the doctors of Greece. The licorice root was supplied to them by the Scythians, taking in return gold jewelry, expensive fabrics, wine, and olive oil. The root at that time was called “Scythian”. Initially, the root was used as a laxative and expectorant, then, with the advent of more effective means, the licorice began to fade into the background, although Tibetan medicine remained true to it. In their treatise "Zhudshi" it was stated that the licorice "feeds", "gives a flowering look", "contributes to longevity and better administration of the six senses."

Thousands of years have passed, and interest in licorice has increased again. Modern scientists, having studied the chemical composition and deciphering the structure of glycyrrhizic acid, which resembles the structure of hormones produced by the adrenal cortex, created medicines for seemingly incurable diseases, for example, Addison's disease (insufficient secretion of adrenal corticosteroid hormones).

Licorice preparations are used in folk medicine to this day in pulmonary tuberculosis, dry bronchitis, in case of poisoning with meat and mushrooms, as a diuretic, in chronic constipation, in diseases associated with impaired water and mineral metabolism, with hemorrhoids, gastric and duodenal ulcers, in cancer.

What is useful licorice:

  • Treatment of respiratory organs. Licorice enhances the secretion of mucus, which helps cough up a large number of microbes from the bronchi. Therefore, it is effectively used in the treatment of dry long-term cough with pneumonia, tonsillitis, tuberculosis, to restore the voice in laryngitis,
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties, enhances the therapeutic effect of other drugs, enhancing their therapeutic effect, so licorice root is added to many medicinal herbal preparations. Helps with fevers,
  • It has an antispasmodic effect, relieves spasms of smooth muscles, stabilizes the cardiovascular system, supports the work of the heart in pathologies, helps with low blood pressure, in diseases of the thyroid gland,
  • Helps to restore pancreatic function, increasing the body’s own insulin production, which is, in fact, one of the methods for treating diabetes mellitus, glycyrrhizic acid, obtained from licorice, is used as a sugar substitute for diabetes,
  • From ancient times, licorice root was used as an antidote. Glycyrrhizin, which is part of it, neutralizes the action of many toxins in the body,
  • Licorice is able to inhibit the growth and development of cancer cells, which makes it indispensable in the treatment of cancer, as well as prostate adenoma,
  • In combination with other herbs, it is used to treat gastritis, gastric ulcer, as a mild laxative,
  • Successfully used to treat allergic diseases: eczema, allergic dermatitis, psoriasis, bronchial asthma, urticaria, lupus erythematosus,
  • In small doses, liquorice preparations effectively treat inflammation in the kidneys and bladder,
  • Used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and other diseases of the joints,
  • It has antidepressant properties, is successfully used to improve the tone of the central nervous system, especially in old age, reduces fatigue,
  • Used to treat radiation damage to the body.
  • In the United States and Japan, it is used to treat tobacco dependence.

  • It is used to prevent diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, regulate the secretion of gastric juice, prevent heartburn, and best digest food.
  • Regular consumption of small amounts of licorice root (as powder, tea) normalizes the level of sugar and cholesterol in the blood, prevents the development of atherosclerosis, diabetes, normalizes the pancreas and adrenal glands.
  • A positive effect on the hormonal system, increases the body's resistance to oxygen deficiency, stabilizes the water-salt metabolism in the body, suppresses premenstrual pain in women, normalizes the cycle.
  • Successfully used for the prevention of liver diseases, including the prevention of cirrhosis.
  • Strengthens the immune system, helps in the prevention of depression. Ancient Chinese medicine equated licorice root to ginseng root, recommending that it be taken by older people to increase vitality and mood, to prolong life.
  • It is recommended to chew pieces of licorice root for the prevention of caries and inflammatory processes of the oral cavity.
  • In the villages, licorice decoction was taken as a contraceptive.

Contraindications licorice root

  • hypertension,
  • pregnancy,
  • heart failure,
  • age up to one year
  • increased adrenal activity,
  • severe liver disease,
  • bleeding disorders,
  • predisposition to thrombocytopenia or bleeding.
  • licorice is prohibited to take in conjunction with the means intended to reduce the pressure and diuretic drugs.

Licorice has serious contraindications. First of all, it is contraindicated with increased activity of the adrenal glands. It should be remembered that licorice increases blood pressure, and this is unacceptable in case of hypertension. With prolonged and excessive use of diuresis is violated, swelling increases. In heart failure, licorice can not be used. In some patients, it causes irritation of the mucous membrane of the digestive tract.

In the treatment of licorice, there are also violations in the genital area - weakening of libido, development of gynecomastia, swelling of the mammary glands, restriction or disappearance of pubic hair growth. Licorice is able to retain fluid in the body. Can not be used for obesity and pregnancy.

In addition, it should be remembered that herbal medicine requires adherence to these rules:

Licorice from constipation

Licorice root, which has a mild laxative effect, is prescribed for the treatment of constipation, most often in combination with other herbs.

Mix 1 tablespoon of chamomile flowers, Althea medicinal roots, creeping wheatgrass roots, licorice roots.

1 tablespoon of the mixture pour 1 cup boiling water. Insist 30 minutes strain. Take 1 glass in the evening.

Mix 2 tablespoons of licorice herb and 1 tablespoon of snake mountaineer grass. 1 tablespoon of the mixture pour 1 cup boiling water and leave for 1 hour. Take 0.5 cups 3 times daily before meals.

Licorice root with dry cough

Licorice is prescribed for dry cough.

Mix 2 tablespoons of the crushed licorice roots, 1 tablespoon of the herb of the tripartite string and the herb of St. John's wort perforated.

1 tablespoon of the mixture pour 1 cup boiling water. Infuse for 2 hours, then strain. Take 1 tablespoon 3-4 times a day for 1 hour before meals or 1.5 hours after meals.

Mix 2 tablespoons of crushed licorice roots, 1 tablespoon of small centaury grass, 1 tablespoon of dandelion root. 1 tablespoon of the mixture pour 1 cup boiling water, boil for 5 minutes, then strain. Take 1 glass 3 times a day.

Useful properties of licorice

Licorice has a wide range of substances useful to the human body. Its chemical composition is diverse: in the roots and rhizomes contains a derivative of saponins glycyrrhizin - a substance that is a mixture of potassium and calcium salts of tribasic glycyrrhizic acid.

The plant revealed the presence of 27 flavonoids, ascorbic acid, steroids, estriol, there is some gum, resin, essential oil and asparagine. Flavonoids have a versatile effect on the body - both antispasmodic, wound healing, and anti-inflammatory.

Funds from licorice differ expectorant and softening properties, in some cases have anti-toxic effects. The therapeutic effect on the body of licorice roots is due to the content of carbohydrates, glucose, fructose, starch and cellulose, as well as organic acids - fumaric, malic, citric, succinic.

Licorice application

Licorice is recognized as official medicine, and today, on its basis, a large number of various drugs of different spectrum of action have been created. Licorice substances have versatile biological activity, their anti-inflammatory properties are similar to cortisone. Благодаря глицирризиновой и глицирретовой кислотам стало возможным применять солодку при болезни Аддисона и нарушениях обмена веществ в организме.

Производные глицирризиновой кислоты влияют на воспалительные процессы подобно «Бутадиону»: они снижают циклические изменения эндометрия. The most important pharmacological property is the stimulating effect of glycyrrhizic acid, which contributes to the rapid recovery from gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer. The same acid gives a sweet taste to licorice, and therefore it can be used as a sweetener for diabetics. And it is the presence of glycyrrhizic acid that makes it possible to take licorice for poisoning, infectious diseases, and manifestations of intoxication. This is an excellent detoxifying agent that neutralizes the toxic effects of chemical drugs.

Licorice Syrup

Licorice syrup has the same excellent healing properties as root. It has an antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effect, accelerates the healing of ulcers, exhibits antimicrobial activity to staphylococci.

Licorice root syrup will be very useful for children, it is very soft and pleasant to the taste liquid, kids drink it with pleasure. Syrup can be prepared at home.

Licorice syrup recipe: 4 grams of thick licorice root extract must be mixed with 80 grams of sugar syrup, add 10 grams of alcohol. Store the product in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator. Use syrup when coughing, colds, tracheitis, hyperacid gastritis, peptic ulcer.

How to take syrup? Dosage: 5–10 ml of syrup with 200 ml of water or tea 2-3 times a day after meals.

Licorice children

In pediatrics, licorice is used as a syrup, it can be drunk with a dry and wet cough, some gastrointestinal diseases in children are also an indication for receiving licorice. All the beneficial properties of syrup are determined by the composition of licorice rhizomes: it exhibits anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic effect. Licorice syrup is a natural product that promotes the secretion and elimination of sputum, heals the mucous membrane and enhances immunity. The course of treatment with syrup can not be more than 10 days, it can be extended only after consulting with your doctor. During syrup treatment, side effects may occur: rash, itching, swelling, inflammation of the skin, diarrhea. In these cases, treatment should be discontinued.

Liquorice root

Licorice root regulates water-salt metabolism. It contains an adaptogen - a substance that can increase the body's resistance to oxygen deficiency and has a positive effect on the hormonal system.

Also, as a result of research, a high estrogenic activity of the plant was found. Foaming saponins increase the secretory function of the epithelium of the respiratory organs; under their influence, the sputum is liquefied, breathing is facilitated during the period of colds.

Licorice has antiviral and antipyretic effects. Bioflavonoids spasmolytically affect the smooth muscles of the urinary tract, bile ducts and intestines, inhibit the secretion of gastric juice. Also, flavonoid compounds strengthen blood vessels, normalizing their permeability.

The sodium salt of glycyrrhetinic acid inhibits the activity of protozoa. On the use of licorice mention manuscripts with recipes left to descendants by eastern healers. Since ancient times, the plant is used in diseases of the lungs and upper respiratory tract.

The popularity of the root used in medicinal collections for acute and chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, is caused by the high efficiency of treatment, which has been proven by centuries of practice. It is useful to take funds on the basis of licorice with lupus erythematosus, chronic skin diseases, allergies, pemphigus, eczema, neurodermatitis and allergic dermatitis. In the treatment of skin resort to the external use of decoctions and licorice infusions. Eating the root of a plant is recommended for kidney pathology. The effect of treatment will come faster if you apply a comprehensive treatment, which will include the collection of some more herbs, for example, birch, knotweed, horsetail.

Licorice root is prescribed for pyelonephritis, bladder inflammation, urolithiasis and for the prevention of these and many other diseases.

A decoction of licorice root helps with chronic fatigue, rapid fatigue, restores the nervous system, normalizes sleep. A decoction of the roots of the plant, cooked in milk, is useful for children with whooping cough. With dry throat, laryngitis, pharyngitis, the root should be chewed.

Licorice root is an incredibly effective means to protect and restore the functions of the liver. There is a lot of evidence that the miracle root can reduce the likelihood of cirrhosis and liver cancer, reduce the concentration of transaminase enzymes (their elevated blood levels indicate damage to the organ).

Ancient Chinese doctors argued that licorice root retains beauty and youth, prolongs life, increases the body's resistance to disease. It is recommended to use the elderly, equating the properties of ginseng. It significantly reduces the amount of cholesterol in the blood, corrects the endocrine system, stimulates the secretory function of the glands, and also strengthens the immune system, tones, and exhibits the properties of an antidepressant. Proper use of licorice root will necessarily lead to positive results of treatment.

How to take licorice root? When using the plant root as a medicinal raw material, you should follow the recommendations of traditional healers and doctors. It must be remembered that it should not be taken, combined with drugs for heart failure, blood pressure lowering agents and having a diuretic effect: arrhythmia, myopathy and muscle atrophy may occur. It is important not to exceed the dosage. Usually, broths of 1–2 tablespoons 3-4 times daily before meals are prescribed to adults.

Licorice root for children in the form of broth is assigned to 1 teaspoon or dessert spoon, depending on age. Infusions are recommended for adults to use 1/3 cup, for children - 1 or 2 dessert spoons 30 minutes before meals. Reception means is carried out in a warm form, the number of receptions is determined by the severity of the disease.

Licorice Cough

Cough occurs when a cold or smoking bronchus requires getting rid of sputum. When it is difficult to separate it during a dry cough, licorice, which stimulates the body's defenses, is resorted to, and the dry cough turns into a productive form. The plant has a good effect on the healing process of broncho-pulmonary diseases: the volume of mucus increases, microbes are removed from the lungs. Licorice is useful to apply both at the onset of the disease, and in advanced forms of pneumonia and lesions of the upper respiratory tract. It is a very strong and positive agent for tuberculosis patients.

There is an old recipe for a grueling and dry cough, for its preparation you will need a collection, consisting additionally of Althea and Devyasil. Licorice root cough is the main ingredient of the drug.

Infusion of cough: you need to mix 1 tablespoon of crushed roots, 2 teaspoons of this mixture pour 400 ml of cold boiled water, insist for 8 hours and take before meals 2 times a day, 100 ml.

Licorice Extract

Licorice root extract is a thick mass of brown color with a peculiar smell and a sugary sweet taste. It is the best remedy for caries, it is suitable for healing scars and treatment of dermatitis.

Glycerrhizin acid stimulates the production of interferon - an antiviral substance, and this means that licorice treats herpes. It rejuvenates, relaxes and soothes, has a softening and cleansing effect. External use allows you to reduce age spots, erythema, accelerates the production of collagen.

Licorice during pregnancy

Since during pregnancy the female body is subject to the influence of microbes and infections, a decrease in immunity is observed, various natural remedies are prescribed to prevent these problems. Although licorice is one of the most useful plants, which is able to protect the body from diseases, it is undesirable to receive it during the period when the baby is born.

Licorice root during pregnancy can be harmful, changing the water-salt balance, causing unwanted swelling, increased blood pressure, increased hormonal activity.

Licorice root syrup during pregnancy can be taken if other drugs are powerless, but for this it is necessary to dilute it with water.

Licorice Recipes

Juice of licorice root: 1 gram of licorice juice should be diluted in 0.5 cups of hot water, divided into three portions and taken in the form of heat 3 times a day. The tool is recommended for gastritis and gastric ulcer.

Licorice can be brewed as a normal tea and treat a cold cough.

Recipe number 1: 20 grams of licorice root, 10 grams of Icelandic moss, wild rose and plantain leaves must be brewed as tea.

Recipe number 2: 20 grams of licorice root and aerial parts, 5 grams of mint, herbs of the centaury and lemon balm leaves are recommended to be brewed as tea and drunk daily 1 cup after meals.

Recipe for infusion of licorice: fry 2 teaspoons of licorice roots in a frying pan and pour over two cups of boiling water to infuse. After 6–8 hours, the medicine is ready for use. Take should be 30-40 drops, use this infusion can be for arthritis, peptic ulcer disease, tumors. Water infusion restores adrenal health, it is also used for gastritis.

Infusion of licorice

Licorice infusions are pleasant to the taste, have a specific aromatic smell.

Recipe number 1: 1 teaspoon of dry chopped licorice root need to pour 1 cup boiling water, insist an hour and a half, cool, strain, take 1 tablespoon 3 times a day before meals.

Recipe number 2: 2 tablespoons of crushed raw materials pour 500 ml of warm water, insist 2 hours, drink 0.5 cups 1–2 times a day before meals.

Valuable properties of licorice preserve and decoctions.

Licorice decoction: dry root (10 g) is placed in an enamel bowl, filled with hot water (200 ml), kept in a water bath under a lid for 15–20 minutes, and infused for 40 minutes. After cooling, the agent must be drained, bring to a volume of 200 ml and take 1 tablespoon 4-5 times a day. The course of treatment is 10 days.

Licorice leaves are not used as a medicinal raw material, but in traditional medicine gruel from pounded leaves is recommended for sweating feet. Some cosmetics manufacturers use leaf extract to improve the quality of hyaluronic acid.

Lymph licorice cleaning

In violation of the functions of the lymphatic system occurs disease - lymphotoxicosis. It entails a load on the liver, intestines, kidneys, and doctors sometimes make disappointing diagnoses: hepatitis, enteritis, colitis, dysbacteriosis. There is a slowdown in excretion of metabolic products, bile is stagnant, constipation, and inflammation of the bladder (cystitis) are formed. There are rashes on the skin, neurodermatitis, psoriasis, etc.

All these troubles can be corrected by applying licorice root. If 1 tablespoon of syrup, diluted in a glass of hot water, drink on an empty stomach, the purification process can be felt in an hour.

Licorice for weight loss

Overweight is one of the main indicators of human health. This can be the result of the consumption of high-calorie food, which will necessarily entail a variety of problems - diabetes, heart failure, etc. Weight gain can be a consequence of endocrine dysfunction and a number of other serious diseases.

Licorice root restores the normal, functional ability of the gastrointestinal tract, the laxative effect helps to cleanse the body of toxins, acidity is normalized, heartburn is eliminated. Plant nutrients protect the gastric mucosa, have a calming effect on the nervous system.

Contraindications licorice

Contraindications to the reception of drugs based on licorice are increased activity of the adrenal glands, hypertension, heart failure. Prolonged use of grass causes swelling, irritation of the gastrointestinal mucosa. It is known that licorice contributes to the excretion of potassium from the body, so its use is excluded when taking diuretics.

The estrogenic properties of the plant are also serious contraindications during pregnancy and breastfeeding, as licorice can cause severe uterine bleeding. For the same reason, it is contraindicated in violation of blood clotting, with a disposition to bleeding or thrombocytopenia.

Possible side effects - dizziness, nausea, pain in the joints.

Education: A diploma in medicine and treatment was obtained at the NI Pirogov University (2005 and 2006). Further training at the Department of Phytotherapy at the Moscow University of Peoples' Friendship (2008).

What is licorice

Before you buy any medicine, it is recommended to first consult with the local physician. However, there are drugs that do not need additional representation. Among those, licorice is a natural product, which has found its use in all spheres of modern human life, is in demand every day.

Liquorice is an herbaceous perennial plant of the legume family, which is popularly known as licorice. It is actively used in alternative medicine, homeopathy, cosmetology. In addition, liquorice is often added to recipes, giving them a refined flavor. Licorice is involved in the natural process of losing weight, when you want to speed up the desired result.

How is licorice helpful?

Not everyone knows what a licorice looks like, but almost every person has heard about its beneficial properties. In this case, we are talking about sweets, medicinal syrup, and even marmalade with the addition of a useful ingredient called licorice. These are not only tasty sweets, but also harmless medicines. The use of licorice is invaluable for the organic resource, is in demand in almost all areas of modern medicine and not only. It is necessary to highlight such unique properties:

  • productive suppression of signs of intoxication,
  • effective recovery of the body by licorice after chemical poisoning,
  • productive sputum for diseases of the broncho-pulmonary system,
  • suppression of signs of inflammation, antiviral effect,
  • strengthening of the weakened immunity, acceleration of the natural healing process,
  • successful treatment of dermatological diseases,
  • mild diuretic and laxative effect.

Where is licorice used

Photos of licorice can be found on the thematic websites of the Internet, however, in practice, licorice root is often used in shredded form. In fact, it is a powder with a light aroma of fennel. Liquorice is treated, it is added to dishes and is actively used as part of natural cosmetic masks. Licorice helps to lose weight quickly and noticeably. So the use of licorice has found its large-scale distribution, and attention is required in the following areas:

  1. Licorice powder is used as a specific spice in modern cooking.
  2. Licorice root is involved in the treatment of pneumonia and bronchitis.
  3. The licorice cough candies with expectorant effect are well established.
  4. The use of decoction is appropriate for symptoms of intoxication, as an antiemetic.
  5. Syrup and liquorice lollipops productively treat gastritis, a stomach ulcer.
  6. Licorice root strengthens the immune system, is effective after a long illness.
  7. Successfully relieves signs of allergies.
  8. Liquorice helps to treat Addison's disease, removes the symptoms of adrenal lesions.

Licorice Cough Drops

When aggravated cough reflex, you can use syrup and licorice-based lollipops. For example, adults are more likely to have a warm drink, whereas how to treat bronchitis in a child can be sweets with a specific taste. Contraindications licorice is almost completely absent, but before the start of intensive therapy in any case, you will need to consult with your doctor. The active component of licorice candies suppresses the cough reflex, promotes the separation of viscous sputum, cleans the cavity of the oropharynx from the accumulated mucus, while strengthening the immune system.

Licorice sticks

Licorice is an excellent product for sweet teeth, which has a therapeutic, prophylactic effect with a minimum list of contraindications. Licorice sticks, pleasant to the taste and nourishing in consistency deserve special attention. Children eat them with pleasure, and parents do not doubt that at this moment there is a strengthening of weakened immunity and not only. To prepare such sweetness from licorice according to the instructions will not be particularly difficult, but the harm of such treatment and prevention is minimal.

Conservative treatment of licorice is considered more auxiliary, but doctors believe that the presence of such a component in the intensive care scheme can ensure the early disappearance of anxious symptoms and full recovery. Licorice in the absence of contraindications does not harm children's health, on the contrary, rapidly strengthens the immune system.

Лакричные конфеты

Солодковый корень занял свою прочную позицию в кулинарии. Конфеты с лакрицей издавна считаются национальным финским лакомством, могут сочетаться с ягодными и фруктовыми наполнителями. Такое кондитерское изделие из корня солодки плотное по консистенции, не застревает между зубами, имеет приятный вкус с легкой кислинкой. В Финляндии все дети обожают конфеты с лакрицей, а в других странах этот натуральный продукт, скорее, на любителя.

Лакричный мармелад

Еще одно сытное лакомство, признанное во всем мире. Licorice marmalade can be made from licorice roots. If you pre-grind the licorice, and then brew it according to the recipe, the output is a mass of black color with a dense consistency. The concealer can only pour the ready viscous mixture into molds, wait for it to cool completely. Some sweet teeth are somewhat confused by the color of the product made from licorice, but the taste of licorice is still unforgettable.

This natural ingredient goes well with other food ingredients, such as sweeteners and flavors, but when playing the recipe, it is important not to forget that in itself it has a sweetish taste with subtle sourness. Nevertheless, licorice can be safely mixed with sugar, flour, added to yeast dough and any confectionery. The use of licorice makes the dish unforgettable, and it is not only about sweets.

Licorice with tuberculosis

Preparations made from licorice are an addition to the main treatment of tuberculosis.

1 tablespoon of licorice root naked pour 1 cup of hot water, boil for 10 minutes, insist 1 hour, strain. Take 1 tablespoon 4-5 times a day.

1 tablespoon of licorice roots naked mixed with 1 teaspoon of roots of elecampane, 1 teaspoon of oregano herb.

1 tablespoon of the mixture was filled with 1 cup of water and heated in a water bath for 30 minutes. Broth strain, cool. Take 2 tablespoons 3 times a day. The course of treatment lasts for 1 month, after which it is necessary to take a month break.

Licorice with arthritis and eczema

Place 10 grams of root in an enamel bowl, pour 200 ml of boiling water, heat in a boiling water bath under a tight lid for 15-20 minutes, leave for 40 minutes, strain, add boiled water to the original volume. Take 1 tablespoon 4-5 times a day, regardless of the meal.

Recipes from the book of Rome Bilalovicha Akhmedov “Plants are your friends and foes”:

Licorice in nature

Licorice is found mainly in the steppe regions, semi-deserts, near roads, along rivers and seas. The plant belongs to the legume family, it grows in a temperate and subtropical climate, tolerates drought well, sometimes reinforces sand.

Licorice grows in Southeast Europe, North Africa, West and Central Asia. Sweets were made from it in England in the 18th century, but they received great popularity in Finland, where licorice sweets are considered a national delicacy. Licorice is especially revered in China and is included in almost all recipes of Tibetan medicine.

In Russia, licorice grows in the southern regions near Kazakhstan, in the Caucasus, along the shores of the Sea of ​​Azov and in Western Siberia. The fruit of licorice curved naked bean, brown, licorice propagated by seed and vegetatively. All nutrients are concentrated in licorice root, it is collected in spring or late autumn, dried well, and then crushed.

The healing properties of licorice and their use

Licorice has a sweet taste, which gives it glycyrrhizin (its content in the plant reaches 23%). This substance is dozens of times sweeter than sugar, it is used as a natural sweetener. Glycyrrhizinic acid, which is found in licorice root, is similar in action to cortisol, an adrenal hormone hormone. Thanks to glycyrrhizic acid, licorice has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-allergic effects.

Licorice root has expectorant properties, so it is part of the fees, mixtures, syrups, as well as cough drops. Cough syrups are enjoyed by children, as they are sweet and fragrant.

Licorice treats the following respiratory diseases:

It restores the body with heart disease and low pressure, it is useful for diseases of the blood vessels and the thyroid gland. Licorice root has an enveloping effect on the gastric mucosa and is a mild laxative, as it contains a liqueuricin glycoside. It helps with diabetes by increasing insulin production and is a natural sweetener.

A decoction of licorice roots drink in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, they are treated with ulcers and gastritis. Licorice is used for skin diseases: psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema. It is used as a cosmetic. Since the licorice has the property of whitening, skin rejuvenation and stimulates the production of collagen, it is part of the age creams.

Licorice has many flavonoids, substances with antioxidant properties, doctors recommend using it for oncological diseases. Anti-inflammatory properties of licorice have a protective and healing effect on hepatitis, help with diseases of the bladder and restore the pancreas.

Licorice root has long been considered a good antidote and is used for poisoning and intoxication. It removes fatigue well, improves mental activity. Licorice is also beneficial in the treatment of joint disease, rheumatism, gout.

In addition to the medical field, licorice root is used in the food industry. It is also used as a frother in soft drinks - kvass and tonic drinks, added to confectionery, jams, alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, used as spices.

What is licorice (licorice)?

Licorice is a medicinal plant, its medicine is most often used in medicine. The medicine of the East several thousand years ago took this plant as a panacea for many diseases. Every second bought caramels, which the doctor prescribed for diseases of the throat or cough. Very often, they indicate that the composition is exactly licorice, not licorice.

This plant is used not only in pharmacology, the extract from it is used to impart smell to tobacco for smoking or inhalation. The liquorice sunflower has a black tint and can stain materials. Because of this, it is used to dye wool.

In cooking, the plant is used for the formation of foam and as a sweetener, for example, for the preparation of beer, kvass, non-alcoholic beverages. As a flavoring filler it is used to make halva, jelly, caramel and chocolate.

Licorice is a perennial, from the legume family. In height the plant reaches one and a half meters. The root is wide, rigid, has processes and one rod rhizome extending several meters into the ground. The leaves are arranged alternately, they are not simple, cuttings, with sticky motley veins. Inflorescence in the form of a tassel, whorling has a light purple hue. The fruits are like long beans.

Healing properties

The base of the plant contains:

  • saponins,
  • sucrose,
  • glucose,
  • amino acid,
  • starch,
  • proteins and minerals
  • vitamins.

It tends to relieve cramps, inflammation and is an excellent expectorant. Healers in China have long used licorice as an antidote for food intoxication, and until today it is added to almost any healing fees.

The most common use of licorice is the consumption of fresh rhizome. In modern medicine, such preparations from the plant as the extract of licorice rhizome, dry powder, infusion or syrup, and various chest preparations are known, where the dried and crushed root is included as the main element. Cough rhizome for children and adults - an exceptional tool.

Harvesting in dry form is brewed as tea and consumed in ½ cup several times during the day. This will help in a short time to get rid of dry cough for colds and inflammation in the bronchi.

Licorice preparations are widely used in alternative medicine and today with pulmonary tuberculosis, as a diuretic drug, with intestinal obstruction, with ailments caused by changes in water and mineral balance, with hemorrhoidal cones, gastric and duodenal ulcers, with oncology.

What is the use of liquorice:

  1. Therapy of the respiratory system. The plant increases sputum secretion, which helps cough up a significant number of bacteria from the bronchi. As a result, it is effectively used in the treatment of prolonged dry cough for pneumonia, tonsillitis, for voice regeneration for inflammation of the larynx.
  2. It can relieve inflammation, increases the curative effect of other means, enhancing their therapeutic effect, because of this, licorice is added to a variety of medicinal herbal preparations. The root of the plant helps at high temperatures.
  3. It relieves muscle spasms, normalizes the work of the heart and blood vessels, improves health during low blood pressure, thyroid disease.
  4. Improves the functioning of the pancreas, increasing the body's performance of its insulin, it is one of the methods of treatment of diabetes. Glycyrrhizinic acid, which is obtained from a plant, is used as a sugar substitute for diabetes.
  5. An antidote. Glycyrrhizin contained in the plant blocks the effects of toxins that have penetrated the human body.
  6. Liquorice inhibits the development of cancer cells, because of this, it is indispensable in the treatment of cancer and prostate adenoma.
  7. Together with other herbs used for the treatment of gastritis, stomach ulcers, as a lightweight laxative.
  8. Effectively used for the treatment of allergies and skin diseases.
  9. In a small dosage funds from licorice effectively relieve inflammation in the kidneys and urinary system.
  10. It is used in the treatment of diseases of the joints.
  11. Relieves depression, perfectly improves the tone of the central nervous system, reduces fatigue.

Preventive characteristics

  1. It is used to prevent diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, improving the secretion of gastric juice, getting rid of heartburn, improving the work of the digestive system.
  2. Regular consumption of licorice in small volumes of rhizome (as a powder or drink) stabilizes the level of sugar and sterol in the blood, prevents chronic disease of arteries, diabetes, improves the functioning of the pancreas and adrenal glands.
  3. It has a beneficial effect on the hormonal balance, increases resistance to oxygen deficiency, normalizes the water and salt balance in the body, relieves pain before menstruation, stabilizes the cycle.
  4. Effectively used to prevent liver disease.
  5. Increases immunity, assists in the prevention of depression. Chinese medicine puts in one row the rhizome of licorice and ginseng, advising it to use people of retirement age to improve the tone and mood, to increase life.
  6. Licorice root slices are advised to chew to prevent caries and inflammation of the mouth.
  7. Village midwives recommended the use of a plant rhizome as a contraceptive.

Licorice rhizome during pregnancy

The body of a woman in the waiting period for a baby needs additional support and protection, in particular, an increase in immunity. For this purpose, a perfect brew made from liquorice rhizomes is suitable. However, before taking it, you should consult with your doctor.

If you do not comply with the dosage, the remedy may harm the woman and baby:

  • Disrupt the water and salt balance, thereby causing swelling and weakness of the body.
  • Toxicosis in late pregnancy, which can be very dangerous for a woman.
  • Increase the activity of hormones.

In each particular situation, it is necessary to correctly determine the dose of the agent and, in the event of any discomfort, inform the specialist immediately.

How to use the plant for children

An older child can chew on dry rhizome slices or drink tea based on it. The dose is selected depending on its weight:

  • Less than 30 kilograms - 1/3 share from the norm of an adult.
  • From 30 to 35 kilograms - half the norm.
  • 35-45 kilogram- 2/3 share from the standard of an adult.

Newborns and babies under 3 years old are better not to take licorice-based drugs without a prescription. They can be used only in extreme cases when other healing herbs do not help to heal from the disease.

The syrup from a rhizome is registered by the pediatrician after detailed inspection of the patient. Biologically active substances that are part of the funds from licorice, help to regenerate and heal the body quickly enough. The main thing is the dosage and responsible approach to treatment.

Restrictions for use

  • High blood pressure.
  • State of pregnancy.
  • Heart failure.
  • Do not take newborn children.
  • High adrenal activity.
  • Serious liver ailments.
  • Non-clotting blood.
  • Predisposition to the formation of blood clots and bleeding.

It should not be used simultaneously with drugs that lower blood pressure and diuretics.

With prolonged and not dosed consumption, diuresis changes, swelling increases. In certain patients, licorice root provokes irritability of the gastrointestinal mucosa.

With licorice therapy, disorders in the reproductive system are possible: weak libido, growth of gynecomastia, breast augmentation, and pubic hair loss. The plant can hold fluid in the body. It is forbidden to use liquorice-based products with excess weight.

The most common recipes from liquorice

  1. Cough drink. They take 20 grams of dried grass and 10 grams of Iceland moss collection, then you need to add a little roadside and chamomile collection, and in order to prepare a collection for calming, you can add valerian. Mix everything thoroughly and pour 250 milliliters of hot water. Let it stand for some time and take after meals, instead of our usual tea.
  2. Juice from rhizomes from stomach disease. For a long time to solve the problem with gastritis and relieve pain in the pancreas will help the juice from the root of licorice. To do this, you need to mix a small spoonful of juice with 250 ml of cold water. Drink for 10 minutes. before meals.
  3. Swab for expectoration. In the treatment of colds, it is necessary to prepare a healing specimen. To do this, 15 grams of chopped root must be filled with a cup of hot water. Hold the reservoir in a water bath and filter. Take small doses of 10-15 milliliters, several times during the day.
  4. Liquorice for pulmonary tuberculosis. Stir 6 grams of rhizome with 250 milliliters of water, boil for a quarter hour over low heat. Then filter and clean in a dark cool place for 20 days. Drink a small spoon daily.
  5. Tincture to enhance immunity. Allowed to take tincture throughout the year with certain interruptions. To prepare it you need 50 grams of dry collection pour 250 ml of hot water. Leave for 3 hours and consume for 30 minutes. before meals. The duration of treatment is one month.
  6. Plant rhizome for the treatment of prostate adenoma. To prepare the brew, you need to pour a spoonful of rhizome ½ liter of running water, put on a small fire and bring the mixture to a boiling state, let it boil for 10 minutes. Then cool the brew and filter. Take it on 3 cups three times a day for 40 minutes. before meals for 3 weeks. The next 3 weeks take the broth from the rhizomes of burdock, and re-drink the liquor from the boil So alternately and therapy is carried out.
  7. Liquorice from diseases of the joints and eczema. Put 10 grams of rhizome into the container, add a cup of hot water. The composition should be covered with a lid and heated in a water bath, hold for 20 minutes, and then insist another 40 minutes. The half-body is filtered, and the boiled water is added to the initial volume. Consume a spoonful in 5 doses per day.
  8. Liquorice root for jade. One and a half tablespoons of liquorice root, the same amount of Althea root and celandine, mix well. Spoon such a collection pour a cup of hot water, leave for half an hour and carefully filtered. Use 3 cups per day.
  9. Plant against peptic ulcer. The rhizome of the plant is the most effective tool for the treatment of gastric ulcer and 12 duodenal ulcer. First, prepare the collection of a spoon of rhizome of licorice, lime and chamomile, add to it a spoonful of dill seed. 2 large spoons of the collected collection pour a cup of hot water. The infusion is left in a dark place for 2 hours and filtered. Drink collection in 3 doses throughout the day for half a glass.

Rhizome syrup
For lovers of the aroma of licorice, you can prepare a healing tool based on the root of the plant. This solution is multifunctional, it is treated with a wet cough, removal of mucus from the body, painful sensations in the larynx.

The healing composition should be drunk in the form diluted with water, for babies in half of a large spoon, adults drink one full spoon. Children who are not yet 2 years old are allowed to give 2 drops of syrup to ½ cup of water.

Store the composition in the refrigerator. Before taking it, it is necessary to consult with a specialist to determine the specific non-hazardous dosage.

The tool is forbidden to drink to people with hypersensitivity to certain elements, and to women in the position, as well as to breastfeeding moms, unless absolutely necessary. If it is illiterate to use the drug, then a manifestation of an allergic reaction and jumps in blood pressure are possible.

Rhizome against dry cough
There are several recipes for getting rid of dry compulsive cough:

  • Корневище лакрицы — 2 ложки,
  • Череда трех раздельная — ложка,
  • Зверобой — ложка.

  • Корневище лакрицы — 2 ложки,
  • Золототысячник — ложка,
  • Корешок одуванчика — ложка.

Все хорошо смешивают. Ложку целебного сбора заливают кружкой горячей воды и ставят на огонь кипятиться минут 5, потом хорошо очищают. Пьют по 3 кружки в день.

Приготовление целебного порошка
Существуют рецепты, где взвар готовят из порошка. При кашле и недугах желудка его используют в сухом виде по половине ложечки, запивая обычной проточной водой. A person will benefit from a cold if you mix the powder with honey.

How to make cough powder:

  • Gently take 20 lobes of senna and liquorice,
  • Add 10 fractions of dill and sulfur in its pure form (can be purchased at the pharmacy),
  • Also add 40 shares of sugar.
  • All is well mixed.

The composition in dry form is consumed on a small spoon three times a day. The composition of sulfur and licorice is prescribed, if the child is tortured by pinworms, as a laxative, an antiseptic for treating the skin with dandruff, scabies and psoriasis.

How to prepare raw materials

For the treatment of applied rhizome four-year plants. It must be dug in late autumn or early spring. The rhizome is well washed with running water, cleaned of bark and allowed to dry in the sun or in a well-ventilated room.

Properly prepared rhizome usually has a yellowish tint, it should easily break, but not crumble. Keep the root in boxes or dry containers. Raw materials can be stored for a long time - about 10 years.

The composition and caloric content of licorice root

The chemical composition of the rhizome of licorice is quite diverse, fatty acids and polysaccharides (3-4%), mono- and disaccharides (up to 20%), proteins and tannins (up to 14.2%), pectins (4-6%), bitterness and resin (up to 4%), flavonoids (up to 4%).

Essential oils - aromatic compounds, terpenoids, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols and their derivatives are also separated from it. It contains five organic acids - malic, citric, amber, tartaric and fumaric.

Caloric content of licorice root per 100 g is 375 kcal, of which:

  • Protein - 0 g,
  • Fat - 0.05 g,
  • Carbohydrates - 93.55 g.

The licorice root contains triterpene saponins, ferulic, salicylic and synomic acids, related to phenol carbonate. It is rich in coumarins, alkaloids, steroids and their derivatives, glycyrrhizin, which gives a sweet taste.

There are retinol (A), alpha-tocopherol (E), nicotinic (PP) and ascorbic acid (C), cholecalciferol (D), vitamins B and K.

Among the minerals present in the composition of licorice root is sodium, iron, manganese, magnesium, calcium, potassium, zinc.

Dye asparagine is responsible for the beige color. The presence of estrogen, likvritina, benzoic and cinnamic acids, amino acids.

Useful properties of liquorice rhizome

This ingredient acts as an enveloping, softening and as an expectorant for colds. He is credited with antispasmodic, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, regenerating properties. It is recommended to use it for the prevention of diseases of the heart, blood vessels, stomach, intestines, pancreas and other organs. Especially huge is the use of licorice root for the elderly and children, because it perfectly strengthens the body.

The following effects from the use of this product are noted:

    Improved kidney function. In the underground part of the grass there are substances that remove salt and sand from this organ, stimulate the adrenal cortex, and protect them from the negative effects of toxins. That is why it is recommended for use in pyelonephritis, kidney stones and diabetes, in which they almost always suffer.

Rejuvenation. This product is an antioxidant, effectively fighting the negative effects of radionuclides and toxins, stress, the use of harmful foods. All this protects cells from premature destruction, thereby preventing the aging process and triggering tissue regeneration.

Strengthening the immune system. This therapeutic property of licorice root is associated with a large amount of vitamin C, which is necessary to minimize the risk of SARS. If the body is strong, then it is easier to resist viruses and bacteria.

Treatment of ENT diseases. With the help of licorice root, the condition is improved in case of bronchitis, laryngitis, pharyngitis, sore throat, tracheitis and other oral inflammations. This action is provided by removing edema, eliminating redness, bringing out accumulated mucus and successfully fighting infections (staphylococcus, streptococcus).

Atherosclerosis Prevention. The product does not allow the accumulation of harmful cholesterol in the body, which significantly increases the risk of developing this disease. Moreover, he even helps him get rid of this dangerous substance. Due to this, the vessels are cleared of cholesterol plaques, which over time very often lead to atherosclerosis.

Muscle relaxation. With prolonged physical and moral fatigue, this is always necessary. Licorice root tones and strengthens muscles, reduces the likelihood of neuralgia and tremor.

Elimination of vascular permeability. In this regard, you can stop worrying about thrombophlebitis, aortic aneurysm, varicose veins, violation of their integrity and the opening of internal bleeding.

  • Metabolism restoration. Thanks to this property of liquorice root, it is possible to protect itself from obesity and from diabetes. Also, regular use of the product contributes to the normalization of the chair and the prevention of colitis.

  • Licorice rhizome is effective in peptic ulcer, gastritis, rheumatism, inflammation of the urogenital system. But its uncontrolled use can do more harm than good.

    Harm and contraindications to licorice root

    Abuse of this product can be reflected in the form of heart pain, high blood pressure, migraine, swelling of the face and legs. With such symptoms, you should immediately exclude it from the menu. Men do not need them to get involved because of a decrease in testosterone levels and an increased risk of impotence. Also, the harm of licorice root is indisputable for people suffering from diseases of the cardiovascular system, because it removes potassium from the body.

    There are the following contraindications to the inclusion of the product in the diet:

      Cirrhosis of the liver. Its causes (alcoholism, hepatitis, inflammation) do not matter; you should be careful about everything because of the presence of alkaloids.

    Violation of water-salt balance. Licorice root pulls moisture out of the body, so it is not recommended for use in this case.

    Hypotension. The product lowers blood pressure levels, which for those suffering from this problem may end up with apathy, nausea, dizziness, or even loss of consciousness.

    Pregnancy. The rhizome is too sweet, full of various acids and essential oils that can cause allergies in expectant mothers and their children.

    Diabetes. It is one of the most high-calorie and sweet foods, and for people with elevated glucose or tolerance impaired to it, it contains too many mono- and disaccharides.

  • Excess weight. Here the ban on the use of licorice root is associated with a high caloric content of the product and a high content of carbohydrates. Due to this, it can negatively affect body weight, speeding up its set.

  • Since the licorice washes away potassium from the body, during its use it is necessary to include in the diet rich in dried fruits - dates, raisins, dried apricots.

    How to cook licorice root

    Harvested raw materials in March or November. Only roots older than 3 years are suitable for use. They are dug, without affecting the ground part, and take no more than 75% from one plant, it is necessary to restore the root system. Again, it will be possible to turn to it only after 6 years.

    The resulting raw material is cleaned from the ground, washed and dried in 1-2 days. After that, the sticks are divided into two parts, cutting along, laid out on paper and brought out to dry in the sun. Here they are left for several days, skidding overnight. You can also use a dryer or oven, where the roots are kept at a minimum temperature of 5 to 12 hours.

    They are considered ready for use after they begin to break when bent.

    To obtain juice from the roots of licorice, drying is no longer required, they are immediately boiled. If it is necessary to prepare licorice candies, then the remaining raw material is dried by vacuum and pressed. Before use, the resulting product is crushed either into chips or into powder.

    Here are some simple recipes:

      Sousse. Soak the main ingredient in water and leave it overnight, in the morning it should be absorbed, and the root should darken. Then put it in a bag of gauze, tie it up and hang it over a container in which dripping liquid should accumulate in a day.

    "Coffee". Fry chopped root (50 g) until golden brown without oil in a hot frying pan. Then fill it with boiling water, the amount of which is determined depending on taste preferences. On average, you need about 200 ml of 1.5 Art. l ingredient.

    Tea. Mix the powder of the main component (2 tablespoons) and boiled water (0.5 l), hold the mixture on low heat for 5 minutes. A few seconds before turning off, add 1 tbsp. l honey or condensed cream. Before use, soak the tea for 2-3 hours under a lid, then strain and heat.

    Infusion. Powder licorice root (15 g) and mung bean (60 g), put them together and put them in a thermos. Pour boiled water (1 l) into this and infuse the mixture for half an hour.

    Compote. Root (not in powder!), Which needs 5 g, mixed with peeled and diced green apple (1 pc.) And coriander (20 g). Fill the mass with boiling water (500 ml) and cook for 20 minutes. Strain before use and add honey.

  • Kvass. For him, this is one of the rather popular ingredients. To make this drink, it (100 g) must be boiled. After that, drain the water, rub the rind of one lemon and combine it with yeast (15 g), cinnamon (pinch), rowan juice (200 ml). Combine all the components, pour the liquid into the jar, cover it with a lid and ferment in a warm place for 2 days. When the drink is ready, put the raisins in it to taste and pour it into bottles.

  • Licorice Root Recipes

    Rhizome is added to meat dishes, combined with dairy products, used to prepare various sweets, from sweets to sorbet. It is put in cereals and soups to make a variety of flavors. With him prepare the preservation, especially moistened apples. It perfectly complements all sorts of fruits and berries - cranberries, raspberries, strawberries, persimmons, bananas. Licorice root found a place in pastry pastries.

    We selected for you several popular recipes:

      Candies. Add sugar (200 ml) to water (70 ml) and cook the mixture over low heat until it begins to darken. Then pour into it 200 ml of syrup from licorice roots (you can prepare it according to the recipe indicated below) and a glass of any berry juice. Next, stirring the mass, add 1/4 tsp in it. main ingredient powder. When the mixture has the appearance of caramel, stir it well, cool it and mold the sweets of the shape you like. Next, put them on a plate and send in the freezer for freezing.

    Stewed duck. Fry it (200 g) in oil, then add it to the pan. Pour into it the enumerated, washed and dried mash (180 g), pour in water (1 l) and put the licorice root (5-6 pieces) cut into small pieces. Salt the mixture and simmer it on low heat for about 30 minutes.

    Soup. Rinse and soak white bean 40 g overnight. In the morning, boil it in 500 ml of water and, when it boils, add mash (30 g) and soy beans (30 g). Before removing the dish from the stove, add licorice in powder form (9 g).

    Mashed potatoes. Crush the roots as much as you need and boil them in water until they begin to soften and absorb moisture. Then add a pinch of vanilla and cinnamon, spread the resulting mass on the jars, roll them up and sterilize for 20 minutes in boiling water. Finished puree can be eaten in its pure form or used as a filling for pies.

  • Sherbet. Beat one protein until foaming, add applesauce (300 g), licorice powder (2 tbsp.) And lemon juice (50 g). Then let this mixture stand in the freezer for about 3 hours.

  • Since licorice root is eaten not only in desserts, it can be used to make various sauces and marinades.

    Interesting facts about licorice

    From licorice root get useful extract, popular in the food industry. In Japan, it is used to make beer thick foam and flavor cigarettes without nicotine. Here they prepare antioxidant drugs. In Kyrgyzstan, they replace the usual black tea.

    In the Caucasus, this product makes paint for wool and felt mats, it is also involved in getting shoe polish, ink and ink. In Europe, it is used to create a frothy mass in fire extinguishers.

    Syrup from licorice root, which is needed for the preparation of cocoa, coffee, kvass, flour products is quite popular. It is sold in stores and pharmacies. It is easily done on its own, for this, the ingredient is crushed (10 g) and the resulting mass (60 g) is poured with boiling water. Then it is put on the fire and incubated for 20 minutes. After this time, the finished broth is poured and diluted with boiling water (1: 1).

    About the healing properties of rhizomes known since 2000 BC. e., around this time, for the first time the plant and its root system were described in detail in the work of Ben Cao Jing by Shen-Nun. Since that time, Eastern medicine liquorice benefit put on one level with ginseng. Ancient Chinese doctors saw in her the guarantor of youth and strengthening of the body.

    Licorice roots were recognized as an effective anti-inflammatory agent in Egypt and Sumer. This is mentioned in the ancient encyclopedia "Papyrus Ebers". Their experience successfully reached the Middle Ages, in those years the French doctor Odo from Menn treated this product for pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, gastritis, cough. Its usefulness has been confirmed by the renowned professor Mozheiko A.V.

    A study of Soviet biologists, conducted in 1964, discovered the anti-inflammatory properties of the product. At the beginning of the XXI century, Japanese scientists have identified substances that suppress HIV infection here.

    For the treatment of cough, a remedy prepared from crushed ingredient (1 tbsp. L.) And boiled water (200 ml) is used. They need to be put together, kept in a water bath for 20 minutes and insist 2 hours. After that, the mixture is filtered, honey is added to the composition according to taste, and 1 cent. l from 5 to 7 times a day. The treatment continues for a month, while improving the dosage is reduced by half.

    Herbal tea from licorice root, Icelandic moss, wild rose and plantain leaves, which each need 1 tbsp, helps well from gastritis. l They need to be mixed, after which you should add licorice juice (2 tbsp. L.). It must be brewed like ordinary tea before consumption. It is enough to drink it 2-3 times a day for 1-2 weeks.

    In case of inflammation of the prostate gland, licorice root in powder form is recommended to be combined with crushed burdock at the rate of 1.5 Art. on 3 tbsp. l In this collection should be poured boiled water (500 ml). Then the composition must be kept for 24 hours, filtered and, starting from the next day, take 3 tbsp. l once on an empty stomach to improve well-being.

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