Licorice Can Be Used For Much More Than Treating A Sweet Toothlibelluleisbeautiful
You Either LOVE it or ABSLOUTELY HATE it!
Black licorice is not exactly an acquired taste. Quite simply, you love it or you hate it. Either way, you will hardly get any therapeutic benefits from licorice candy, which contains little to no actual licorice. The roots of real licorice (otherwise known as liquorice, sweet root, and glycyrrhiza glabra) contain coumarins, flavonoids, volatile oils, plant sterols, and glycyrrhizin. Packed with hundreds of potentially healing substances, licorice root has been used worldwide to treat a variety of ailments including asthma, baldness, body odor, bursitis, chronic fatigue, dandruff, depression, gout, yeast infections, tooth problems, and of course, skin conditions.
Traditionally Used As Medicine!
In traditional Chinese medicine, licorice is one of the most common drugs, drawn on for everything from the common cold to liver disease. The herb is highly esteemed for its soothing effects on inflamed membranes and its expectorant properties in removing phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tract. In both East and West, it is popular for relief from respiratory ailments (i.e. allergies, bronchitis, sore throats), as well as acid reflux, heartburn, and digestive tract inflammation. A recent survey of Western medical herbalists placed licorice as the 10th most important herb used in clinical practice.
The anti-inflammatory powers of licorice extract are undisputed. A study appearing in the July 24, 2008 edition of the journal Shock found that mice treated with glycyrrhizin extract from licorice experienced markedly reduced inflammation, swelling, and tissue damage after induced spinal cord injury. As if lab mice hadn’t suffered enough, another study administered licochalcone A, extracted from licorice root, to mice that had been induced with ear and paw edema. Proving to be very effective against acute inflammation, the licorice root significantly reduced paw edema compared to controls four hours after injury.
Science of Skin and the Benefits of Licorice Root
The increased emphasis on natural therapies for skin conditions has led to clinical studies involving licorice and inflammatory skin dermatoses. In its June 2008 edition, the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology reported that licorice is an effective treatment for rosacea, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and drug-induced skin eruptions. When licorice extract is added to cosmetic formulas in active quantities, it can control redness, flushing, and other types of inflammation. A natural skin lightening alternative to chemical hydroquinone, licorice extract contains an active called glabridin, which inhibits tyrosinase, the enzyme that causes pigmentation in response to sun exposure. It can also help diminish the dark pigmentation resulting from scars.
Hair Benefits of Licorice Root
As far as hair goes, licorice is helpful for controlling scalp sebum and keeping dandruff under control. Ayurvedic medicine believes that licorice induces hair growth and that a paste composed of licorice and milk can be applied on bald patches to restore hair.
Why Does Libellule Use Licorice Root?
Organic licorice extract can be found as one of the ingredients used in the making of Libellule’s “Organic Comfort Cream Eczema Relief Lotion” and “OHM Cleansing Powder Facial Exfoliating Wash.” As I have mentioned how so many clinical tests point to this ingredient as an effective treatment for atopic dermatitis because of its ability to reduce redness and irritation. Another reason we use it in our “Organic Comfort Cream” and “OHM Cleansing Powder Facial Exfoliating Wash” is one of the active components of licorice root is glycyrrhetinic acid, which seems to have mythical powers over a traumatized epidermis. Not only has it been credited with anti-inflammatory abilities, but it also demonstrates anti-allergic, anti-viral, antibacterial, and hepatoprotective benefits.