With the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season, I wanted to share an herb with adaptogenic qualities this month. Adaptogenic herbs are known for their ability to help the body resist and recover from stress, and can increase energy and overall vitality. Glycerrhiza is an excellent herb to combat all those cold and flu viruses you may come into contact with at your Holiday gatherings. I use this herb quite frequently, as it is generally tolerated quite well, and very effective. Also, it is very pleasant tasting and kids really enjoy it!
Qualities: Adrenal modulator (adaptogenic), Anti-viral, Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Immunomodulator, hepatoprotective, demulcent, expectorant, antioxidant, estrogenic.
Uses: Exhaustion due to adrenal stress, chronic fatigue syndrome, coughs, bronchial irritation, mononucleosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Description: Sweet root that is pleasant to the palate. Generally taken in the form of shredded or powdered dried root by means of capsule, tea, or extract. This herb has a long history for strength and long life in Chinese medicine. Sweet of the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Glycerrhiza was also carried by armies of Alexander to allay thirst, and as a medicine. It’s many constituents including volatile oil, coumarins, chalcones, triterpenes, and flavonoids enable it to be extremely versatile, with many labeling it as “The Universal Herb.”
Glycerrhiza glabra’s ability to support endocrine function through it’s mineral corticoid properties and effects, make it an excellent herb of choice for people with adrenal fatigue, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, PMS, and heavy periods. Glycerrhiza is also well known for it’s soothing effect on inflamed mucous membranes of the throat, lungs, stomach and intestines. These properties make it an excellent herb of choice for those with coughs, throat and bronchial irritation, gastric and duodenal ulcers, and urinary tract infections.
Glycerrhiza is an amazing herb with an abundance of clinical uses, as well as research. Recent research holds promise in its ability to assist with autoimmune conditions, depression, and improved memory.