There is nothing more distinct than the taste of licorice. This flavorful candy comes in black and red. While black licorice is a love hate relationship, you may be surprised to know that it doesn’t contain any actual licorice root.
The taste that we associate with “black licorice” is actually anise oil. In teas and other herbal medicines, the smell that people often think is licorice is actually anise.
Whether you love the taste of licorice or not, there is no denying the health benefits of licorice root. Licorice root has many healing properties when taken in small doses. Be careful when taking licorice to treat a medical condition, though, too much licorice can be toxic.
- Licorice is used intravenously to treat multiple forms of hepatitis
- Licorice root is effective for treating eczema when applied as a gel
- Treating heartburn and other gastrointestinal issues
- Reducing stomach acids and treating peptic ulcers
Licorice root is being studied in many different areas for effectiveness. One of those areas is in the treatment of obesity. A study showed that people who ate licorice over a two month period had a reduction in body fat.
Another study showed that a topical ointment prepared from one of the acids found in licorice reduced the thickness of fat found on the thighs of human subjects.
Finally, a third study looked at the effects of licorice flavonoid oil. This was the most effective of the research studies aimed at analyzing licorice's ability to help combat obesity.
Those who consumed the licorice flavonoid oil over an 8-week period saw a reduction in body fat, body mass index, LDL cholesterol, and body weight.
Early findings point to licorice as a possible source of relief from hot flashes for women in menopause. Licorice root to be might be more effective than hormone replacement therapy when treating hot flashes for you.