From our list of ailments, see what Licorice can be used for:

  • Sore throat
  • Ulcers

Natural Remedies using Licorice

Contraindications, Interactions, and Side Effects (Licorice) — Class 2b, 2c, 2d. ‘Contraindicated in heart disease, diabetics, hypertensives, hepatoses, and nephroses” (O’Brien, 1998). Commission E reports contraindications: cholestatic liver diseases, liver cirrhosis, hypertension, hypokalemia, severe renal insufficiency, and pregnancy. May potentiate thiazide diuretics, stimulant laxatives, cardiac glycosides, and cortisol (AHP; WAM). Too much (>50 g/day) can raise the blood pressure, cause sodium and water retention, and lower potassium levels too far. May result in pseudoaldosterianism. Adverse effects reported in M30: amenorrhea, cardiac arrest, congestive

Stimulates the adrenal glands More and more research shows licorice’s positive e?ects on the adrenal glands. One function of the adrenal glands is to secrete the hormone cortisol. Licorice can enhance adrenal function and cortisol pro-duction in the body, to balance blood sugar and decrease stress and inflammation. But keep this in mind: if you su?er from overworked adrenals, a syndrome known as adrenal fatigue, licorice

Sore throat, Ulcers

The Benefit of using Licorice as a natural cure

Because of estrogenic activity and reputed abortifacient activity, its use in pregnancy and lactation is to be avoided (CAN; WAM). ‘In India, licorice has been used as a sweetener, aphrodisiac, emmenagogue, and galactagogue” (PED).

is abortifacient; LD100 2 mg/kg ipr mouse (MPI), LD40 = 25 mg/kg orl mouse (MPI). If the leaves really contain a reported 10% glycyrrhizin, and a bigger if, no toxins, they might share many of the biological activities of licorice. One study (Choi et al., 1989) found no glycyrrhizin, rather four abrusosides and three other sweet glycosides based on the novel cycloartane-type aglycon. Purified abrusosides may prove useful as commercial sweeteners and lack the toxicity known in glycyrrhizin.

Caraway is a biennial herb native to Europe and Western Asia. Caraway roots and seeds are edible. Often licorice flavored seeds are used in sauerkrauts, breads, soups, sauces, and pickles. Roots can be boiled and eaten. Medicinally, Caraway is used to help treat rheumatism, eye infections and toothaches. Learn more about growing caraway.

Licorice root is the root of an herb that is native to Europe and Asia. Learn more about the benefits of licorice and its use as an adaptogenic herb.