Have you ever heard of salted licorice, which is also known as Salmiakki? It has a very particular taste. In 2012 it was elected a medicinal plant of the year. Do not hesitate to consume it if you suffer from high blood pressure. In this article, you will find some incredible health benefits of licorice and how to consume it.
Incredible health benefits of licorice
Licorice, whose scientific name is Glycyrrhiza glabra, is a perennial plant of the Leguminosae family. It is an aromatic substance and has been known since ancient times for the numerous benefits to human health. It was mentioned even in the herbariums of ancient Chinese medicine. It has been used in Asia for more than 5000 years because of its digestive, depurative and anti-inflammatory properties .
Brief history of licorice
In the Middle East, the Shiites walked for hours in the desert without suffering thirst only thanks to the thirst-quenching properties of the root of this plant, while in Europe licorice was introduced by Dominican friars only in the fifteenth century, using it as an infusion or as a tincture above all for the well-being of the respiratory tract and to purify the liver.
Brief information about licorice
Licorice is digestive, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant and protective of gastric mucosa. Fighting against cough, sore throat, catarrh, cervical and gastric acidity, licorice also has a mild laxative function.
Those who suffer from low blood pressure can benefit from licorice as it increases blood pressure. For the same reason it should be consumed sparingly, and is not recommended for people suffering from hypertension.
Use of licorice for medical purposes
In herbal medicine, the rhizomes, the roots of licorice, are used because they are the richest parts in glycyrrhizin, and flavonoids. Glycyrrhizin is an active ingredient with anti-inflammatory, gastroprotective and expectorant properties, which makes licorice a natural remedy for cough, asthma and ulcers.
Furthermore, licorice is excellent for combating nervous gastritis, abdominal spasms and cramps thanks to the antispastic effect exerted by flavonoids. Licorice also has antiviral and antibacterial properties, protecting the respiratory system from bronchitis and colds. It also appears that licorice root can be a potential aid in counteracting the acute severe respiratory syndrome.
The anti-inflammatory and healing properties of licorice make it an excellent natural remedy for skin inflammations such as eczema, psoriasis, herpes and dermatitis. Finally, in homeopathic medicine, licorice roots are used for the treatment of constipation, sluggish bowel syndrome and subsequent halitosis.
Licorice also has a satiating effect on hunger, and can be used as a ploy to appease hunger attacks. But it certainly has ‘active’ slimming properties. A recent research conducted by Japan scientists shows how it can help you lose weight naturally, eliminate excess fat and control levels of cholesterol. Thanks to the antioxidant flavonoids that stop the production of fat, licorice helps weight reduction in those suffering from obesity.
To maximize the effects of licorice, we recommend you to use it in its pure state, or without the addition of sugars, additives and sweeteners. Unfortunately, on the market, only 10% of licorice is pure. Look carefully at the list of ingredients, there must be only one item: licorice. We pay attention to candies.