plants and medicinal properties
Botanical Name :- Glycyrrhiza glabra
Indian name :- Mulethi
Liquorice is a popular flavouring agent. It is a tall, erect
herb growing up to 1.5 meters height. It has compound leaves,
lilac or light violet flowers, flat fruit and is densely covered
with small spinous outgrowths. It was used for its rejuvenating
properties especially when used for long periods. It was used
to quench thirst, alleviate feverishness, pain, cough and distress
of breathing. Liquorice plays an important role in ayurvedic
system of medicine and is one of the principle drugs mentioned
by Susruta. Liquorice is cultivated in southern Europe, Syria
, Iraq, Turkey, Greece and Russia. Large quantities of these
roots are annualy improved in India. The herb contains glycyrrhizin,
glycryrhizic acid and glycyrrhetinic acid.
:- The root of the plant is a laxative and expectorant.
When externally used it as a soothing effect on the skin.
Liquorice is an excellent remedy for relieving pain, discomfort
and other symptoms caused by bitter matter in the stomatch.
It should be taken in a powder form. This herb is used
in a home remedy for sour throat. Liquorice is used in
the treatment of myopia. Half teaspoon of the powder of
the root mixed with a equal amount of honey and half quantity
ghee can be given to the patient twice a day. Liquorice
is very effective in treating pain due to stomach ulcers.
Liquorice is useful in muscular pains. Other uses of this
herbs are mouth disorders, baldness, wounds and scalds