Botanical & Common Names Of Mulethi:
Mulethi Plant Description:
Nutritive Value & Chemical Composition:
Mulethi Medicinal Uses:
The medicinal uses of licorice root is very very impressive, it has anti ulcer, anti allergy, anti inflammatory, antioxidant, anti convulsant, anti bacterial, anti dyslipidaemeic, aphrodisiac, anti obesity, anti microbial, memory enhancing, hepatoprotective, anti microbial, anti viral, anti oxidant, demulcent, expectorant and laxative properties.
Licorice is very well known as a sore throat and cough medicine. In our home it is the first herb I resort to for treating sore throat, I make a tea out of the roots for treating sore throat. Since the tea is very sweet children drink it readily, my son has never complained consuming licorice tea :).
We also use licorice tea for treating stomach problems including ulcers, gastritis and burning sensation in the stomach. Licorice also aids in weight loss as it has anti obesity properties, you can read the study that supports this claim here, it is also a laxative. Licorice also has anti androgenic properties and will greatly help women suffering from pcos and will help women suffering from menopausal hot flashes too.
Not only medicinal uses, licorice has wonderful beauty uses too. When used as a face pack, it lightens the skin tone and when used as hair pack it is the best remedy for dandruff and other scalp infections. Since it has a very sweet taste, it is used as a flavoring in candies. It is also added to cigarette blends since it dilates the bronchitis and helps inhale the smoke easier.
Where To Buy Licorice?
We get licorice in the form of dried roots, powder, extract and tablets. Dried roots can be got in most herb shops. Since licorice powder is very famous, it is sold everywhere, in India it is sold as mulethi powder | yashtimadhu powder. We also get it as an extract but try to choose one that is alcohol free (it will be made with pure vegetable glycerine).
If you don’t want to use the powder, you can also try the supplements or tablets. In tablets there are 2 forms, one is made with regular licorice root powder and the other is called DGL (Diglycyrrhizinated Licorice) in which large part of glycyrrhizin is removed which makes it safe for consuming for longer duration’s. For people suffering from acid reflux and ulcers DGL is recommended.
Licorice Side Effects:
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c. Licorice For Blood Pressure Patients:
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How To Make Yashtimadhu Powder | Mulethi Powder At Home?
8 Top Medicinal Uses Of Mulethi (Yashtimadhu) Powder:
Licoric (Mulethi Powder) For Health:
1. Mulethi | Licorice Tea For Pcos, Weight loss, Arthritic Pain & Cough :
Licorice Tea is good for treating many problems including anxiety, , it is also a laxative. For making the tea, pound 3 to 5 grams of licorice root in a mortar and pestle and boil it in a cup of water till it reduces in half and strain. Drink it warm…
2. Mulethi | Licorice Powder & Honey For Dry Cough:
Licorice powder mixed with honey is a good remedy for dry cough. For the remedy, take 1/4 tsp licorice powder in a bowl, mix with honey and consume when suffering from cough
3. Mulethi | Licorice Root For Good Voice:
Some singers usually suck on a piece of licorice root before singing as it helps clear the voice. If you feel your voice is sounding hoarse, try sucking on a small piece of licorice root.
4. Mulethi | Licorice & Trikatu Decoction For Cold & Cough:
Trikatu also called as thirikadugam in Tamil is a mixture of equal quantities of long pepper, dry ginger, pepper, it is a very popular mixture. When we add athimadhuram to it, it makes it very very effective in treating even persistent cough. For the remedy take equal quantities of the long pepper, pepper and dry ginger along with licorice root and pound it coarsely. Boil the pounded mixture in water till it reduces in half and strain…
5. Mulethi | Licorice Brushes For Dental Problems:
Like neem sticks, licorice sticks also make good tooth brushes. They have anti microbial properties and will greatly prevent many dental problems like canker sores and mouth odor if used as tooth brushes. To use, take a long licorice root, pound the end and brush the teeth with it.
Licoric (Mulethi Powder) For Skin:
6. Fairness Cream Using Mulethi | Licorice Extract:
I make a wonderful fairness cream at home using licorice extract. Since licorice has skin lightening properties, it is a good remedy for lightening the skin tone naturally. You can find the link to the recipe here.
7. Mulethi | Licorice Face Pack For Acne & Dark Circles:
This face pack made with licorice powder and red sandal powder brightens the skin tone, reduces dark circles and treats acne really really well. You can find the link for the recipe here.
Licoric (Mulethi Powder) For Hair:
8. Mulethi | Licorice Hair Mask:
Mulethi powder when used as a hair mask treats all the scalp problems really well. To make the mask, take required amount of mulethi powder and add yogurt to mix along with a teaspoon of any unrefined oil of choice and use as hair mask…