Licorice or Mulethi, also known as “Sweetwood”, is an effective and potent medicinal herb. Licorice root is aromatic and is used as a flavoring agent in tea and other beverages.
Licorice roots can be consumed directly to get relief from cough and sore throat.
Properties of Licorice are mentioned in Bhavprakash, an Ayurveda textbook, as:
यष्टी हिमा गुरुः स्वाद्वी चक्षुष्या बलवर्णकृत् ।
सुस्निग्ध शुक्रला केश्या स्वर्या पित्तानिलास्त्रजित्। व्रणशोथविषच्छर्दितृष्णाग्लानिक्षयापहा ॥
Licorice is Sita (cold) in nature, Guru (heavy) to digest, and Madhura (sweet) in taste. Licorice is beneficial to eye problems due to its Chakshuya (good for eyes) property. It also helps improve strength because of its Balya (strength provider) property. It also helps to improve sperm and semen quality due to its Shukral property.
Licorice might be useful in managing oral problems like mouth sores and dental plaques. It balances Pitta and Vata that gives relief in mouth ulcers and other Pitta disorders. Applying a paste of Licorice powder and honey might help relieve mouth sores due to its healing and cooling properties. It is also beneficial in managing gastric problems like stomach ulcers and heartburn due to its anti-ulcer, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Licorice can also be taken to improve energy levels and manage fatigue.
Licorice powder is also useful in improving skin texture and color. In some cases, excessive consumption of Licorice may cause nausea and headache.
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