What is Licorice? What are the Benefits, Uses and Side Effects of Glycyrrhiza Glabra? Liquorice Root Tea

What is Licorice?

Licorice botanical name is Glycyrrhiza glabra, other common names are mulethi, Liquorice, sweetwood, jethi-made, and mulhatti. It is mainly found in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Licorice is a popular flavoring agent, it is a tall erect herb, and without compounded leaves, the flowers are lilac or light violet.

The fruit is densely covered with small spinous outgrowths. The dried roots and underground stems or rhizomes of the plant constitute the drug.

Licorice has been known to pharmacists for thousands of years. In ancient times China was used for its long-term rejuvenating properties. It was used to quench thirst, allative feverishness, pain, young, and distress of breathing.

It plays an important part in the Ayurvedic system of medicine and is one of the principal medicines mentioned by Susruta. The herb contains glycyrrhizin, glycyrrhizic acid, and glycyrrhetinic acid. The root of the plant is mainly used in Ayurveda for medicinal benefits.

Licorice Tree

Licorice Root Benefits

The root of the plant has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, laxative, and expectorant properties. It has a soothing effect externally used on the skin. Powdered licorice is very popular in allopathic medicine.

Licorice root

Here are some benefits of Licorice Root.


This herb is effective in treating patchy baldness, it promotes hair growth and hair quality. It helps to slow down excessive hair loss and eliminate dandruff.


Due to its laxative properties, it helps to treat constipation and promotes bowel movement, and improves digestion.


It has antibacterial properties that help to treat corns that are just appearing. It is beneficial to soften the skin and decrease the corns in size.

Cough & Cold

Due to its antioxidant properties, it helps treat sore throat and relieves dry cough. It is also beneficial to boost the immunity of the body.

Mouth Disorders

It is beneficial in mouth disorders like oral inflammation and mouth ulcers, a gargle of Licorice root helps to give quick relief from inflammation.

Muscular Pain

Licorice alleviates muscular pain, it is beneficial to give relief from chronic pain, muscular pain, and joint pain.


Licorice has revitalizing and regenerative properties which are beneficial in the treatment of myopia, it helps to increase vision.

Sore Throat

It is a wonderful herbal remedy to treat sore throat, it provides relief by soothing the inflammation and swelling.

Stomach Disorder

Licorice is an excellent remedy for relieving pain, discomfort, and other symptoms caused by acrid matter in the stomach.

Stomach Ulcers

It is very effective in treating pain due to stomach ulcers, it soothes irritation caused by acids. Even allopathy physicians use Licorice for the treatment of ulcers.

Wounds and Scalds

The leaves of the Licorice are very effective in healing wounds and treatment of scalds,

Uses of Mulethi

Dosage and uses are dependent upon the health problems and conditions or as recommended by an Ayurvedic doctor. The recommended dosage is 5-10 grams of Senna twice daily.

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Here are the uses of Mulethi.

  • Take 30 grams of Mulethi root powder, and a pinch of saffron and mix both in milk and make a paste. Apply this paste over bald patches at bedtime. This remedy is very effective in the initial stages of baldness.
  • Take 10 grams of Licorice root powder with jaggery and water and take it after meal twice a day, helps to treat constipation.
  • Take 15 grams of Liquorice root powder mixed with sesame or mustard oil and apply this on hardened skin at bedtime. Helps to decrease corns.
  • Make a decoction of Licorice root powder mixed with honey, which gives relief from dry cough.
  • Take Licorice root and infused in sesame oil overnight, use this oil for joint pain and muscular pain.
  • Taking 5 grams of Licorice root powder and mixing it with sugar candy is helpful in mouth disorders.
  • Take 1 glass of hot water and infuse the Licorice root overnight, used the soaked water for gargle, gives quick relief from oral inflammation.
  • Take ½ tsp of Mulethi root powder, the same quantity of honey, and half the quantity of ghee mixed well. Take this mixture twice a day with milk on empty stomach.
  • Chewing of raw Licorice root is helpful to cure sore throat and soothing inflammation.
  • Take dry roots of Licorice and soaked overnight in water; the infusion taken with rice gruel helps cure ulcers.
  • Licorice root powder mixed with ghee and honey is beneficial in healing wounds and cuts. Leaves are useful to treat scalds of the head and body.

Side effects of Glycyrrhiza Glabra

Although any Ayurvedic herbs don’t have any side effects a proper dosage according to the body mass index is recommended. Long use of Licorice without a proper dosage may cause some side effects on the body which are:

  • Lethargy
  • High Blood pressure
  • Weight Increase
  • Puffiness
  • Decrease sexual desire
  • Disturbance in menstrual period
  • Headache
  • Swelling
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness

Long-term, continuous, or uninterrupted use of Licorice is not advisable, it may cause some health problems. Consult the doctor for the proper dose. It may react with some other medicines.

Here is the list.

  • If you are on any kind of heart, kidney, or liver medication, consult the doctor before starting the Licorice.
  • Consult the doctor if you are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take without a doctor’s prescription if you are pregnant.
  • Do not use Licorice without consult if you are on medication of these: blood thinners, diuretics, steroids.
  • If you are above 65 years and want to start Mulethi, then consult the doctor and talk about the health conditions.
  • If you are on any supplements, vitamins, or herbal medication, consult the doctor.
  • If you are allergic to the Liquorice chemical compound, talk to a doctor before starting.

Licorice Root Tea

You can add Licorice to your tea and make flavored and delicious tea, here are the simple and easy recipes for Licorice Tea.

Licorice Tea Recipe

Licorice Green Tea

Ingredients – for 2 cups

  • Licorice root powder – 1 tsp
  • Green Tea – 1 tsp
  • Green Cardamom – 1 bud
  • Water – 2 ½ cups


  • Take a pan and boil water.
  • Add remaining ingredients and boil for 1 minute.
  • Turn off the gas and cover the pan for 2 minutes, so that the herb can infuse in water.
  • Strain the tea in a cup and add honey.

Licorice Herbal Tea

Ingredients – for 2 cups

  • Licorice root powder – 1 tsp
  • Green Tea – 1 tsp
  • Water – 2 ½ cups
  • Clove – 2
  • Black peppercorns – 5
  • Fennel seed – ½ tsp
  • Ginger Powder – ½ tsp


  • Take a pan and boil water.
  • Add clove, peppercorns, fennel seed, and ginger powder, and boil for 1 minute.
  • Add green tea, and licorice root powder and boil for another 2 minutes.
  • Strain the tea in a cup and add lemon and honey.

Enjoy this masala tea, it is very effective to give relief from cough and cold, boosting immunity, and reducing inflammation.

Note: This post is about educating the benefits and uses of Licorice, consult the Ayurvedic doctor before starting.

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Frequently Asked Question

Q - What are licorice good for?

Licorice has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial, laxative, and expectorant properties, it helps to treat various health ailments. It is beneficial to increase immunity, respiratory disorder, mouth disorder, and stomach disorder.

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