Licorice builds energy and is an excellent digestive tonic. It is the most broad spectrum natural detoxifying agent known, ridding the body of over 1200 known toxins without any distressful side-effects. It also helps regulate the blood sugar level, helping counteract hypoglycemia, a very common imbalance.
Licorice root is used as a harmonizing ingredient in many Chinese herbal formulations. It is used in more formulations than any other herb in Chinese herbalism.
Licorice also regulates the function of the stomach, invigorates the Spleen, Qi tonifying, lung clearing, latent-heat clearing, detoxicant, anti-inflammatory, harmonizing and regulating to the twelve organs.
Licorice has also been shown to improve symptoms of throat and lung irritations and coughs, urinary tract infections, adrenal fatigue, immune deficiencies, allergies, ulcers, liver disorders and adrenal stress. Excema and other dermatological issues are also seen to improve with licorice root.
The adrenal glands are responsible for releasing hormones in response to physical, emotional, or even chemically-induced stress. Stress, in turn, often causes adrenal fatigue and stamina issues. Licorice root has been shown to boost energy levels as well as to increase endurance by regulating the production of hormones in the adrenal glands.
The adrenal glands often become 'depleted' as a result of the constant demands placed upon them. They are the “fight or flight” glands that can become exhausted by too much stress. An individual with adrenal exhaustion will usually suffer from chronic fatigue, may complain of feeling anxiety-ridden, and will, more often than not, have a reduced resistance to allergies and infection. The adrenal glands secrete several important hormones that help maintain the balance of many body functions. Stress of any kind, fasting, temperature changes, allergies, infections, drugs, and exercise all stimulate the adrenals to release their hormones. When the adrenals release too few or too many hormones, the body responds differently to the everyday stresses of life. The adrenal cortex is involved in the production of such as cortisol, aldosterone, and androgens such as DHEA.
Licorice is called the "sweet root" and contains a compound that is fifty times sweeter than sugar. This intense sweetness is due to glycyrrhizic acid which contains two sugar moieties. Glycyrrhiza helps the body remove excessive mucous and helps promote prostaglandins and other factors that protect key barriers in the stomach, intestines and respiratory tract.
Liquorice contains biotin, chromium, iodine, lecithin, manganese, niacin, Pantothenic acid, phosphorus, Vitamins E, B-complex and Zinc. Used for Adrenal Gland Exhaustion; Addisons Disease; helps maintain water supply in body by balancing electrolytes.
Contraindications to using licorice:
Licorice should not be used in cases of high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney disease and liver disorders. This is due to the effects it has on sodium and potassium levels which could aggravate individuals who have issues with hypertension and cardiac arrhythmias. Someone who has been using licorice for a long time should wean themselves off slowly.
Glycyrrhiza potentiates the activity of anthraquinone drugs (laxatives) and herbs with this compound such as cascara and buckthorn. Any other laxative type of substances like aloe vera, castor oil, rhubarb and senna will have a heightened effect with licorice. It also disrupts corticosteroid metabolism and increases these drugs half-life. So anyone on heart medications, blood thinning meds, blood pressure meds, laxatives and corticosteroids should not use licoricee without consulting their doctor first.
What are herbal extracts? Herbal extracts are an excellent way of getting the nutrition and goodness from a herb, without the trouble of sometimes elaborate preparation. They are also a way of getting the goodness in as concentrated a form as possible.
How are herbal extracts made? The raw herbs are prepared by hot water extraction, the water is then evaporated off until all that is left is the essential oils and active ingredients. These are then bound together in an excipient, small amounts of non-GM corn flour. This is the most pure and unadulterated way to enjoy tonic herbal extracts possible.
Purity: this vegan product is free from wheat, gluten, soya, added sugar, salt, test, lactose, preservatives, or any other fillers. Not tested on animals.
Directions: these tonic herbs are food grade and safe to use as you would culinary herbs. They can be added to any foods or drinks. Suggested uses are either to add 1/2 a teaspoon to a healthy juice or smoothie, or to prepare them as an instant tonic tea, but simply putting 1/2 a teaspoon in a cup or mug, and adding hot water.
Recommended upper limit: do not exceed 1 teaspoon of herbal extract today unless guided to by a qualified healthcare professional.