Licorice Root, known as Yastimadhu in Ayurveda, means the "sweet stick". How beautifully sweet it is too, but despite this quality, it actually pacifies all three doshas. Licorice Root nourishes all seven tissues of the body, which makes it an important spice you want to have in the kitchen cupboard.
Licorice Root supports the lungs and respiratory tract, lessening the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis and associated wheezing. It is also beneficial to use in the instance of a sore throat, laryngitis and tonsillitis, soothing the pain and infection with its potent anti-inflammatory properties.
The sweet nature of Licorice Root also benefits the digestion, particularly in reference to stomach ulcers of most kinds. Additionally, this spice is a great go-to, particularly as a herbal tea, to soothe and settle the symptoms of heartburn.
Licorice Root has a hepatoprotective action, supporting symptoms and management/recovery from Hepatitis and chronic liver disease. Because of its healing and protective workings on the liver, this diverse root also aids in the healing of skin conditions that present with redness, heat, itching and inflammation (i.e. Psoriasis).
This spice is often used Ayurvedically to support recovery from conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Adrenal Fatigue. It nourishes an exhausted and hyperactive nervous system to strengthen and therefore, also soothes and calms the mind.
As an added benefit, Licorice Root is an effective tonic for the kidneys and urinary system. Its cooling action is well-suited to aid in the treatment of urinary tract infections and hot, painful urination that is dark in colour, potentially with a smell associated.
Licorice Root however, is a potent spice that needs to be taken in moderation and is NOT designed for long term use. Even as a herbal tea. It is highly recommended that before adding Licorice Root to your diet or in treating a symptom, you seek the guidance of your Ayurvedic Practitioner or chosen health care professional.
CONTRAINDICATIONS OF LICORICE ROOT
High Kapha imbalance
Choleostatic liver disorders
Congestive heart failure
An amazing spice is Licorice Root, with multiple healing qualities and benefits. However, be wise in your consumption, remembering that even plant-based medicine needs to be used safely, for a purpose, and with moderation.
Light and love,
Pole, S. 2013. Ayurvedic Medicine: The Principals of Traditional Practice. London: Singing Dagon Publications.
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