Licorice root is an amazing root that have supported the health of my digestive tract lining since I learned all its benefits when studying Ayurveda. I started using it everyday in tea while my digestive tract was still in the process of healing from Crohn's disease. I could immediately feel relief from burning sensation and inflammation of the stomach and bowels. It's sweet taste makes it pleasant to drink. I still take it today as a preventive measure, in capsule form every morning on empty stomach with water at ambient temperature. I take it straight for 3 months and then take one month of rest from it to prevent the body from creating dependency on it (this is a practice I learned in Ayurveda when it comes to consume herbal supplements- however, you always have to consult your Ayurvedic/Holistic Practitioner and Doctor).
Find below some of its potential benefits for the digestive tract:
1. Licorice root may help provide relief for: acidity, heartburn, stomach ulcers and gastritis because it helps protect the stomach and duodenum by increasing production of mucin. Mucin is a substance that protects the lining of the stomach and duodenum against stomach acid and other potential harmful substances.
2. It may inhibit the growth of H.pylori (a type of bacteria that can live in the stomach and can cause infection) as it contains flavonoids. Flavonoids are a group of plant metabolites that could help provide health benefits via cell signaling pathways and antioxidant effects.
3. It has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.
4. It may help with digestion by relieving symptoms of an upset stomach.
5. It can help fight colic along with other herbs such as chamomile and lemon balm, as together these produce a carminative effect that can reduce spasms in the intestines.
As with any herbal supplement, you must consult your Doctor and Ayurvedic/Holistic Practitioner before including licorice root in your routine. Licorice root might have interactions with certain medications and might not be safe for pregnant women, high blood pressure patients or patients with fluid retention and swelling problems.