Licorice is antispasmodic, digestive and antacid. Besides being an excellent liver protector, also has anti-inflammatory small attributes. It is expectorant and antiviral, so it is used to treat bronchial problems, colds and flu.
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It is a perennial plant (living more than two years), erect stem sprouting in spring and dry in winter, up to a meter high. Although there are about a dozen species of licorice spread over five continents, medicinal licorice plant is typical of the Mediterranean region, which first references date from ancient Egypt. It lives in wet areas, along rivers, lakes or ponds, in clay soils. Licorice is béquico running (cough), reduced bronchial secretions and helps in curing mild bronchitis. Since the Egyptians began to use it until only half a century ago, was credited only therapeutic activity on the respiratory, but recent studies showed that by 1950 Licorice also has significant capacity to heal stomach ulcers. You have to wait until the plant is three years so you can start your root used before, no active ingredients. Must be removed in the fall, when the plant begins to dry. The classic form of licorice is mascándolo use, handy against stomach ulcers, but to fight coughs and bronchitis, it is preferable to take three times a day a cup of liquid obtained after 100 grams of root macerate (cut mast cells) in one liter of water for one day. It can be heated slightly. You have to watch the kids, as the licorice chew away the desire to eat. If taken in excess, can increase blood pressure. Many pharmaceuticals include liquorice extract in their formulas. Liquorice plant with details of its root, which is the one that contains the medicinal principles favoring expectoration and act as a laxative and spasmolytic. The pharmaceutical industry and market food roots sulfur yellow and sweet flavor that will delight the little ones. It has sweetening properties, expectorants, antiinflammatory, exerting antacid and antiulcer action, by increasing and decreasing mucus secretion of pepsinogen. Besides being an excellent liver protector, also has anti-inflammatory small attributes. It gives a spasmolytic action, digestive, carminative, antibacterial and antiulcer action contributes. It is indicated in cases of hypersecretory dyspepsia, gastritis, peptic ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux, gastrointestinal spasms, bloating, constipation. Bronchitis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis. In external use, glossitis, stomatitis, blepharitis.
Contraindicated in cases of hypertension (see side effects), hyperestrogenism, diabetes (because it contains carbohydrates and because the majority compounds are transformed in part into glucose during drying). Despite its low toxicity not be administered (particularly concentrated extractive forms) for long periods: glycyrrhizin may cause secondary hyperaldosteronism, with increased blood pressure and edema due to sodium retention, so that its administration is incompatible with treatments antihypertensives and steroids. Poisoning presents with increased tension, edema, muscle weakness, cramps, polyuria with hipercaliuria and hypocalcemia.
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