Licorice (Liquorice) Health Benefits, Nutrition and Spice Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Licorice Root

Licorice root has many health advantages. It is a good anti-inflammatory and excellent antimicrobial. It helps to combat many ailments or diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi as well as to strengthen your immune system. Moreover, it contributes to weight loss and at the same time, take care of your fitness. 
  • A Wonderful Expectorant

    Licorice is enriched with a compound known as glycyrrhizin. One of the health properties of glycyrrhizin is its function as an expectorant, which helps eliminating phlegm from the respiratory system and to relieve cough.
  • Heal Peptic Ulcers

    Research has found that deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) has therapeutic effects on stomach ulcers. In a laboratory study, patients were given licorice root extract to treat their stomach ulcers. After six weeks, 90% of them have shown improvement in their conditions and 22% were cured completely. However, some clinical tests have denied the claim.
  • Enhance Immune System

    Another health effect of licorice root is its ability to boost interferon levels. The useful compound is a powerful antiviral. Some laboratory tests even showed it helps get rid of herpes simplex virus.
  • Aid in Weight Loss

    An important health fact of licorice had been found in a study that glycyrrhetinic acid contained in the root effectively reduced the fat on humanís thigh. Another significant finding was people who consumed 900 mg of flavonoid oil produced from licorice daily showed reduction in fat, weight, BMI and bad cholesterol after 8 weeks.
  • Promote Digestion

    A special drink formula prepared using licorice, chamomile and peppermint is believed to contain medicinal properties, which function as a remedy for indigestion.
  • Solution for Fatigue

    Merits of licorice are also associated with its capability of stimulating adrenal hormones including cortisol. Existence of cortisol helps fight chronic fatigue and assist your body recovers. It makes you feel better.
  • Other Health Purpose of Using Licorice

    Licorice gel provides protection to your skin. It helps alleviate swelling and itching. 

Overview and Facts about Licorice

Licorice (Liquorice) Root Spice

Licorice (scientific name Glycyrrhza glabra) is a perennial plant that is cultivated for its taproot. It is found mainly in Asia as well as Central and Southern Europe. Other names of licorice include liquorice and sweetroot. Licorice has nearly the same flavor as anise, and that is why aniseed oil is usually used in licorice candy making. In North America, the words black licorice is used to indicate confectionery that are flavored by licorice extract.

The licorice plant usually grows to 90-210 cm tall, and its taproot can grow deep until 120 cm. It contains white and purple flowers with maroon pods.

Licorice is added in candy and aperitif making as well as brewing. It is also sometimes added to prepare milkshakes and five-spice powder. 

Licorice Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutritional Information of 1 Stick Licorice
Calories 41 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 10 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 8 g
Protein 0 g


Licorice Recipe

Licorice Root Tea Recipe

  • 240 ml dry licorice root, chopped
  • 120 ml cinnamon chips
  • 120 ml dried orange rind
  • 30 ml cloves
  • 120 ml chamomile

Mix all the ingredients and store in a jar. In a saucepan, combine 45 ml of the mixture with 600 ml water. Bring to a boil and subsequently simmer on the low heat for about 10 minutes. Strain through a sieve and serve warm. 

Licorice Side Effects

Excessive or long-term intake of licorice may increase the risk of low potassium in the body (due to laxative effect), high blood pressure, weakness, tiredness, paralysis, headache, missing menstrual period, lower sex drive and impotency. It is not recommended for consumption by pregnant women.

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