What is licorice?

What Does licorice Mean

Licorice is the common name of a plant whose scientific name is Glycyrrhiza glabra . It is a perennial plant that can measure up to a meter, with bluish flowers and a pod-shaped fruit.

Licorice is native to Asia and Europe , although it is currently grown in many regions of the world. This species is in high demand since it is used in medicine , gastronomy and industry .
The root of the licorice can be used for the production of candies , drinks and desserts . Its flavor is bittersweet, similar to fennel and anise. The powdered root is also used to flavor savory dishes, whether they are fish, chicken and beef.

The Licorice is a sweet which is made from licorice. The root of the plant is combined with anise oil and other substances to create a gummy candy that is offered in different formats. In some European nations, ammonium chloride is added to caramel to make it taste salty.
In a chapter of "The Simpsons" that in Latin America became known as " The trap for Bart" , licorice plays a central role since it dyes the language of the characters who consume it blue .
It should be noted that among the components of licorice is glycyrrhizin , a substance that can be toxic when ingested in excess or when it interacts with certain drugs. Edema, arrhythmia, cramps, and headache are some of the symptoms of glycyrrhizin poisoning.
Licorice is used for a myriad of purposes, ranging from curing illnesses to treating smoking cessation. Indeed, when a smoker who is trying to quit his addiction feels like smoking, he can calm the anxiety by sucking on a piece of licorice root. In the first place, this action serves to reduce oral anguish, but they also collaborate with the detoxification of the organism and causing, little by little, that the taste of tobacco ceases to be attractive to you.
Regarding their properties against certain diseases and disorders, we can divide them into two groups: internal and external use . Let's look at some of the cases in which licorice is beneficial if ingested:
* Depression : it is recommended to consume licorice in the form of an infusion (two cups per day), prepared by crushing a dried root and placing a small tablespoon per glass of water to fight depression , thanks to the fact that it has certain minerals such as magnesium and calcium, vitamin C, hydroxylated chalcone, betulinic acid, beta-carotene and flavonoid isoliquiritigenin;

* flu : licorice has properties that inhibit the development of some viruses and bacteria, in addition to helping to increase defenses. Therefore, it is ideal for treating the flu. Simply put a tablespoon per glass of water, as in the previous case, and consume this infusion a maximum of three times a day;
* tuberculosis : thanks to its antibacterial properties, you can also help treat this disease, either by consuming it in the way described above, or by using it to sweeten other infusions.
On the other hand, there are its benefits in external use, which are appreciated in cases of:
* herpes : you can apply a rinse for a quarter of an hour on the areas affected by the herpes zoster virus to accelerate the disappearance of the sores and relieve pain;
* fungi : the treatment used for herpes also works against fungi, using gauze to avoid direct contact with other parts of the body;
* psoriasis : although it is advisable to follow the traditional treatments against this condition, the extract of licorice root enhances its effects and calms the discomfort.

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