Licorice Root is herb that people have used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments. Although licorice does have medicinal effects, scientific research only supports some of its uses, and it may not be safe for everyone.
Due to its sweet flavor, licorice is also popular as a sweetener in candies, and manufacturers sometimes use it to mask the flavor of medications. Some licorice candy does not contain any part of the licorice plant but uses anise oil as a flavoring instead because it tastes and smells similar to licorice.
Licorice is available in many forms, including herbal teas, candies, capsules of dried herb, and liquid extract.
Benefits Of Licorice Roots
There are numerous compounds in licorice, some of which have antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
Some clinical studies investigating the potential benefits of licorice have had promising results, particularly in the following areas:
Some research suggests that licorice may help kill bacteria in the mouth that cause tooth decay.
However, although licorice has demonstrated antibacterial activity in the laboratory setting, human studies have not yet proven that it has any cavity-fighting power. Its ability to inhibit the growth of oral bacteria means that it does have potential as a future cavity treatment though.
Many people think of licorice as a sore throat remedy. A small study recruited people who were having a breathing tube inserted into their windpipe before surgery. Following its removal, the breathing tube can cause a postoperative sore throat.
The researchers showed that gargling a licorice solution for 1–15 minutes before surgery was as effective as a ketamine gargle in reducing the incidence and severity.
Another similar study found that solutions with a higher concentration of licorice were more effective than less concentrated solutions in improving.
Skin inflammation and infection
Licorice root chopped up in a bowl with powdered liquorice on top
Licorice root may help treat eczema.
Glycyrrhiza glabra extract, or licorice root extract, may also be effective against bacteria that can infect the skin, according to a study in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research.
The study showed antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause skin infections, such as impetigo, cellulitis, and folliculitis. In this study, the researchers used extracts from the leaves and roots of the plant.
Stomach discomfort and ulcers
A double-blind study found that an extract containing glabridin and glabrene, which are flavonoids present in licorice root, was effective in relieving stomach discomfort. The extract reduced nausea, stomach pain, and heartburn.
Infection with bacteria called Helicobacter pylori can cause peptic ulcers in some people. Research suggests that a licorice extract may help kill H. Pylori bacteria. A clinical trial of 120 people found that the addition of licorice extract to the standard treatment significantly improved H. Pylori eradication.