Welcome to my blog!!! I have been an herbalist & an aromatherapist for over 20 years!! My blog is over 10 years old & there are over 100 informative blogs here. Not only do I have hopes of teaching the masses, I too, have learned a lot during my research on different topics! There's always new & updated information in the herbal & essential oil worlds. There are blogs on herbs, essential oils, nutrition, supplements, different modalities of healing and just a little bit of everything!! Maybe in reading my blogs, just one person will come away with a bit of knowledge that they might be able to help themselves or another human being, I would consider that to be a great blessing.....

Over the years I have had several businesses. It seems I can't get away from seeing if a certain herb or essential oil can help a fellow human and that's usually how it starts. I am now in Arizona and I was asked again if I would be interested in starting another herbal business!! We now have Herbs 4 Health!! Providing numerous herbs....herbal blends....single essential oils...essential oil blends....minerals....tinctures all to help the body to heal itself.

The information in these blogs is not meant in any way shape or form to plagiarize, for I have never said this is all MY work. It is a compilation of reputable informative websites, my 'go to' books I have always depended upon & my own knowledge. I gather & put together information to help people learn & this way they can come back here to help remind themselves of said information instead of 'where oh where did I find that on the world wide web'. Seems to me it's just better & easier.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Surprising benefits of Licorice Root

Licorice root is one of the world's oldest herbal remedies. It's mostly found in Europe, Asia & the Mediterranean. You might be more familiar with it as the candy. The Latin name Glychrrhiza glabra is the most common variety. Glychrrhiza translates to "sweet root" & is 30-50 times sweeter than white cane sugar. Today, it's sweet flavor is mimicked by anise seed. Authentic licorice is more commonly known as "black licorice". 

The leaves have anti-microbial benefits and have been proven to be effective in fighting off bacteria such as candida & staph. They have found 100s of various components in the root & over 150 more in the Chinese variety.

Rich in flavonoids, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, stilbenoids (phytochemicals) & coumarins. Contains triterpenoids, which usually contain steroidal substances. 

One has probably seen the term 'glycyrrhizin' removed on bottles of the herbs, etc. Actually, it's triterpenoid glycyrrhizin. Because of extended use, this particular compound can increase blood pressure, cause kidney or liver issues & can cause issues with pregnant women.

Licorice root can help with pain relief, PMS, menopause, coughs, sore throat, immune system, adrenal fatigue, leaky gut, heartburn or acid reflux. It's an anti-spasmodic, has an estrogen-like effect & is good for hot flashes. 

The triterpenoid content is anti-viral, so it can help with HIV, flu, hepatitis & the immune system. 

Glycyrrhizin contains over 300 compounds and some are potent in anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories & anti-microbials. It can help with peptic ulcers, bronchitis, hepatitis C, asthma, congestion, strep throat, skin infections, respiratory & digestive issues & gum disease. 

Choose glycyrrhizin free as that component is responsible for all the side effects. The promise of a potent cancer fighter is quickly coming to the front lines. 

Do not take long term. Never consume if have kidney or liver disease or if pregnant. Limit to 1-10 mg/day to limit the glycyrrhizin. One should only take it for about 4-6 weeks with a break thereafter.


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