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 Y Europe, although at present it is cultivated in many regions of the world. This species is very required since it is used in the medicine, the gastronomy and the industry.
The root licorice can be used to make candies, drinks Y 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 It is a sweet that is made from liquorice. 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 so that its taste be salty.
In a chapter of “The Simpson” what in Latin America became known as “The trap for Bart “, licorice plays a central role since it stains the language of the characters that consume it.
It should be noted that among the components of licorice is the glycyrrhizin, a substance that can be toxic when ingested in excess or when it interacts with certain drugs. The appearance of edema, arrhythmia, cramps and headache are some of the symptom 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 addiction feel like smoking, you can calm anxiety 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 your properties against certain diseases and disorders, we can divide them into two groups: internal use Y external. 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 dry root and placing a small tablespoon per glass of water to fight against the depression, thanks to the fact that it has certain minerals such as magnesium and calcium, vitamin C, hydroxylated chalcone, betulinic acid, beta-carotenes and isoliquiritigenin flavonoid;
* 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;
* tuberculosisThanks 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 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;
* mushrooms: 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 treatments traditional against this condition, the extract of licorice root enhances its effects and calms the discomfort.