Mulethi root powder:
What is it -
Common name: Mulethi,
Botanical name: Glycyrrhiza glabra
Part used: root
Licorice root is one of the most widely used medicinal herbs worldwide and is the single most used herb in Chinese medicine today. It was used by the Egyptians as a flavoring for a drink called Mai-sus, and large quantities were found in the tomb of King Tut for his trip into the afterlife. Pliny the Elder recommended it to clear the voice and alleviate thirst and hunger. Dioscides, when traveling with Alexander the Great, recommended that his troops carry and use licorice powder to help with stamina for long marches, as well as for thirst in areas of drought. In the Middle Ages it was taken to alleviate the negative effects of highly spicy food or overcooked food. It was also used for flavoring tobacco, and as a foaming agent in fire extinguishers and beer. In a recent survey of Western medical herbalists, licorice ranked as the 10th most important herb used in clinical practice. An astonishing number Chinese herbal formulas (over 5,000) use licorice to sweeten teas and to "harmonize" contrasting herbs. Its first documented use dates back the time of the great Chinese herbal master Zhang Zhong Zhing, about 190 AD, but it was certainly used for many centuries prior to this.
What it contains:
Linoleic, linolenic acid, resins, coumarins, alkaloids, tannins, tryptamine, indolo, pyrazine, pyrrolidine, phenols, saponins, flavonoids, salicylic acid, asparagine, betaine, chelite, glycyrrhizin, bitters, isoflavones, oestrogen-like steroids, mucilage, lecithin, protein
· Gargling with an infusion of Licorice root powder is reputed to relieve oral inflammations, dry coughs, bronchitis and asthma.
· Soothes irritation caused by acids, and coats digestive and urinary tracts. Hence, Licorice powder may be prescribed for indigestion, heartburn, and gastric ulcers.
· Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Licorice powder is a time-honoured remedy for arthritis.
· Externally applied for treating eczema, herpes, and canker sores (mouth ulcers).
· Strengthens the immune system.
· Currently, the herb is being investigated as a possible cancer treatment. It is suspected that the compounds in Licorice root powder may be able to inhibit the growth of cancerous cells.
How to use:
A general medicinal dose is 1-2 cups of licorice powder tea a day. 1/2 to 1 teasp. of licorice root or powder is infused to 1 cup of boiling water.
What you should remember:
Don't use licorice powder if you have high blood pressure, and don't use licorice if you eat a meat and potatoes diet. Your body needs potassium from fruit and vegetables to compensate for the excretion of potassium stimulated by licorice. If you use steroids or an asthma inhaler, licorice powder will increase both the effectiveness of the drug and the severity of its side effects. Its long term use is not recommended, and it is not recommended for use by pregnant women. May cause stomach upset if taken in large quantities.
Why you should buy it:
· Pure Ayurveda herb sourced naturally and processed manually
· Free of pesticides and insecticides
· No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. It’s truly natural
· Handled with love to gift you the mother earth’s love
Weight: 100 gms