Licorice Root: the Sweeter Side of Gut Health


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This episode is all about licorice. No, not Twizzlers. Nor Red Vines. Licorice root is our star today, and good for our bodies in so many ways. Glycyrrhiza glabra is the Latin name of this particular plant. The “Glycyrrhiza" part of the name actually means "sweet root" and what an amazing root it is. It has been used for thousands of years as a "harmonizing herb" in traditional Chinese medicine. It brings balance and it's really, really sweet and delicious. It can help make other formulations much more palatable because there are quite a few herbs that are pretty gross and nobody wants to taste them especially in our society where we really love sweet.

We’ll learn about the variety of properties that lend licorice so well to keeping our gut happy; licorice is demulcent, mucilaginous, and even a great immunomodulator. (Did you guys know that 60 to 70% of your immune cells come from your gut!?) And it’s so much more than just the gut; we have other body systems made up of the same mucosal tissue. So what’s good for our guts is also good for, say, our skin and respiratory systems.

So tune in and find out all about what licorice can do for a happier, healthier you.

Make sure you're nourishing your body and you're taking care of you from the inside out. Remember, different bodies react to herbs in different ways. The information presented is in no way meant to diagnose or remedy any ailment. Find out what works for you with the help of a certified herbalist, naturopathic practitioner, or other health There’s a variety of ways to get this plant medicine in your body --tinctures, capsules, teas, etc. For some ready-made tea options including Diges-Teas, Respiratory Rescue, & Tea-Line (my personal favorite! Limited availability) check out Mountain Mel’s Herbal Teas at Use code THP15 at checkout to receive 15% off just for listening. Or make your own with bulk herbs from our partners at Mountain Rose Herbs or Oshala Farms.

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