Licorice Root Glycyrrhiza glabra

Common uses as tea

  • Soothes irritated mucous membranes
  • Restores pituitary activity
  • Promotes positive emotions
  • Eases inflammation
  • Relieves respiratory issues such as bronchitis, catarrh, & coughs in general
  • Sweet and delicious
  • Emollient
  • Demulcent
  • Nutritive
  • Relives abdominal bloating, flatulence, and colic
  • Great harmonizer

Topical applications

  • Used as a wash to treat inflamed eyelids, dry eyes, itchy skin, shingles, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, and wounds
  • Use as a mouthwash to prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and mouth sores
  • Use as a lubricating enema or douche
  • Can be used as a hair rinse to prevent hair loss and dandruff


  • Avoid licorice in cases of vomiting, nausea, edema, and rapid heartbeat
  • Not recommended during pregnancy


Avoid during use of steroid or digitoxin medication

  • Prolonged use may elevate blood pressure and cause vertigo and headaches
  • Large doses can cause sodium retention, and potassium depletion and may be emetic
  • Continuous use is not recommended beyond 6 weeks
  • Not to be used when taking cardiac glycosides, hypotensive agents, corticosteroids, diuretic drugs, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors