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Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters ENGLISH COMMON NAME:Standard: Licorice Root Also known as; Russian licorice, Spanish licorice, Turkish licorice LATIN NAME:Glycyrrhiza glabra Plant Family: Fabaceae PART(S) USED:Dried root. OVERVIEW:Licorice, sometimes spelled liquorice, is a favorite ingredient to sweeten herbal tea blends and is often used as a flavoring agent in candy. Licorice root has been an important herb in Eastern and Western traditions of herbalism for thousands of years. The root can be decocted as licorice tea and infused as licorice extract. Licorice root is one of the most widely used herbs worldwide and is the single most used herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine today. It was used by the Egyptians as a flavoring for a drink called Mai-sus, and large quantities were found in the tomb of King Tut for his trip into the afterlife. Pliny the Elder recommended it to clear the voice and alleviate thirst and hunger. Dioscides, when traveling with Alexander the Great, recommended that his troops carry and use licorice to help with stamina for long marches, as well as for thirst in areas of drought. In the Middle Ages it was taken to alleviate the negative effects of highly spicy or overcooked food. In a recent survey of Western medical herbalists, licorice ranked as the 10th most important herb used in clinical practice. Native Americans had many different uses for the root, The Cheyenne would drink a medicinal tea of licorice for upset stomachs, While the Lakota’ used the medicine for the flu, The Dakota’s would use the leaves to make a tea for earaches, The Blackfoot made a tea from bitter tasting roots to relieve sore throats. PREPARATIONS:Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Can be used for teas, tinctures, and in encapsulations. The whole sticks and slices may be chewed straight and are pleasant tasting. PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Not for use in persons who are pregnant or breastfeeding, with hypertension, liver disorders, edema, severe kidney insufficiency, low blood potassium, heart disease, Breast cancer, cholestatic liver disorders, cirrhosis, CHF, diabetes mellitus, endometriosis, hormone sensitive conditions, hypertonia, hypersensitivity to licorice, hypertension, hypokalemia, ovarian cancer, renal insufficiency (severe), uterine cancer, uterine fibroids. Common side effects of licorice can include: absence of a menstrual period, congestive heart failure, decreased libido, pulmonary edema (excess fluid in lungs), fluid and sodium retention, headache, high blood pressure (hypertension), hypertensive encephalopathy, hypokalemic myopathy, lethargy, low potassium levels (hypokalemia), mineralocorticoid effects, muscle wasting, myoglobinuria, occasionally brain damage in otherwise healthy people, paralysis (quadriplegia), swelling (edema), tiredness, weakness. In people who eat a lot of salt or have heart disease, kidney disease, or high blood pressure, as little as 5 grams licorice per day can cause these problems. Medications that interact with licorice include: digoxin, drugs that lower potassium, blood pressure medications, diuretics, heart rhythm medications, blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin), estrogen, hormone therapy, birth control pills, and corticosteroids. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Reference Health Canada:http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/ingredsReq.do?srchRchTxt=licoric...