The benefits of licorice root

Licorice root, known as “meyan kökü” in Turkey, has many remedial qualities. (PHOTO AA)

February 19, 2012, Sunday/ 12:21:00

We cultivate licorice root a lot in our country, but unfortunately a significant amount of it is exported, as its importance to health is either ignored domestically or isn’t well known.

 It is a good thing that it is exported, and we should be pleased about being an exporter of this plant, but we should be questioning why it isn’t known or used for remedial purposes in Turkey. The properties of licorice include benzoate, which is an expectorant and a diuretic, substances that resemble cortisone and varying amounts of starch, while roughly 10 percent is natural herbal sugar. Licorice is very effective against coughing.

To get the benefits of licorice’s properties add around 50 grams of licorice into a liter of water and boil it for 10 minutes. Make this tea in the evening and leave it to stand overnight. You may drink two to three glasses of it on an empty or full stomach during the day.

Be mindful of consuming licorice if you suffer from hypertension.

When licorice is used abundantly, it may cause blood pressure to increase, as it reduces potassium levels in the body. Licorice should not be used to remedy brain, vessel or liver disorders.

Keeping your plants healthy

The biggest mistake that we make while taking care of our plants that make our gardens and balconies beautiful is trying to protect them by overwhelming them with chemicals. Instead, you may use natural bug sprays and plant protectors that you can prepare at home. By doing this you can protect both the environment and plants against harmful chemicals.

How to make plant protector

After peeling two cloves of garlic, chop them up and pour a liter of water into a jar. Add the chopped garlic to the water and cover the jar. After leaving it to rest for 24 hours, pour it into a transparent plastic spray bottle, which you can find at any mall, and spray it on your plants.

The benefits of licorice tea

It can be used as a mouthwash to help to heal sores inside the mouth.

It fights off colds.

It functions as an expectorant.

It is good for your vocal chords. Those who rely on their voice should drink this tea in the morning.

It is beneficial for treating stomach and duodenal ulcers and gastritis. If you are suffering from any of these, try drinking licorice tea with some cinnamon after meals.

Licorice tea is recommended for those suffering from acne.

Licorice tea can benefit those suffering from hair loss.

Licorice tea has an antispasmodic effect.

Having a teaspoon of licorice powder after a meal relieves the intestines.

Having the same amount of licorice powder acts a diuretic.  

Licorice honey is easily dissolved in water, and its qualities are the same as licorice.

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