Licorice root has been used for thousands of years as a natural medicine.
It is a rather under used and over looked herbal medicine which has an impressive list of benefits such as: asthma, chronic fatigue, depression, coughs, gingivitis and tooth decay and fungal infections.
However it is also great for stress relief as it helps to support our adrenal system which is affected by adrenal gland stress.
Licorice is a small shrub, native to Southern Europe and Asia. It has been used as an herbal remedy for thousands of years by civilizations such as the ancient Greeks, the Brahmans of India and the Babylonians. The Egyptians too prized licorice and it was even found in the tomb of Tutankhamen.
The natural root has a sweet taste and some varieties are fifty times sweeter than sugar.
The adrenal glands are often called the stress glands this is because they play a vital role in our body’s response to stressful situations. When we are stressed the glands release Adrenalin and nor-adrenalin which are the chemicals responsible for the vital fight or flight stress response.
The glands also release Cortisol another of the stress related chemicals which helps us to keep going throughout a stressful period, by boosting our energy and keeping our blood sugars balanced.
Constant stress of course can exhaust our adrenal glands and this in turn weakens our systems and this in turn begins to affect our health.
One of the benefits of licorice is that it helps to relieve adrenal gland stress and support the adrenal system during times of excessive stress by keeping it in balance.
When the adrenal glands are exhausted they are not able to release the necessary hormones to help us cope both emotionally and physically with stress. Licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid which stimulates adrenal secretions ensuring that normal function is maintained.
Licorice root should not be confused with licorice sweets which contain very little actual licorice and are mainly flavored with aniseed. Natural licorice can have a very positive action even after small doses.
Drinking one cup of licorice tea a day is enough to bring the adrenal glands back to normal function.
Licorice can be taken in several ways:
This herbal remedy like all medicines needs to be only taken for short periods of time. Excessive prolonged use can have negative side effects such as water retention and increase blood pressure.
Four to six weeks is considered a safe period of time to take Licorice, this should be enough time to have helped your system get back on track and for the cause of the stress to have passed or reduced.