Licorice Root Cut And Sifted Bulk by the Ounce
Common Names: Chinese Licorice, Gan Cao (Chinese Name), Kan-ts'ao, Kuo-Lao, Licorice Root, Ling-t'ung, Liquorice, Lu-ts'ao, Mei-ts'ao, Mi-Kan, Mi-ts'ao, Sweet Licorice, Sweet Wood, Yasti Madhu (Sanskrit Name).
Scientific Name: Glycyrrhiza Glabra L., Leguminosae, Pea Family
Common Uses: Demulcent, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, emetic, emolient, pectoral, alterative, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, sedative, tonic, stimulant. New studies have shown that licorice root may be able to counteract negative effects on the liver from tylenol and alcoholism. It also makes a great alternative to sweetener products.
*Warnings: Do not use Licorice Root if you have high blood pressure, liver disease,or low levels of potassium. The increased production of aldosterone can raise blood pressure; believed to cause retention of fluids; in large quantities, licorice cansap potassium and calcium from the body, which is extremely dangerous. Not to be taken by people with a rapid heartbeat or those taking digoxin-based drugs. Avoidin cases of osteoporosis, hypertension, and swelling around the heart. Licorice is contraindicated in cases where there is a tendency towards fluid retention, edemawith high blood pressure. It should be used moderately for women, who tend to retain water more than men. Application should not continue for more than 4-6 weeks. Women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) should not use Licorice during PMS,due to its ability to cause water retention or bloating. Licorice-flavored candy does not offer the same benefits as preparations fromthe root, but can cause an increase in blood pressure.
Origin: Central Europe and parts of Asia, and cultivated elsewhere. Northern China, Mongolia, especially from the region of Kokonor.