Licorice root extract
is made from the root of the licorice plant. Its Latin name is Glycyrrhiza
The licorice plant is
found growing in areas of Europe and Asia.
The Benefits Of
It is reported to help
with many different ailments.
It has some properties that can help you to manage your eczema.
- Antibacterial. Helps to
reduce the amount of bacteria on your skin. Stopping any potential
infection, that can make your eczema worse
- Anti-inflammatory. As a
natural anti inflammatory it can help to reduce your symptoms.
Especially redness and irritation
- Soothes and softens the
skin. Helps to keep your skin in good condition. Limiting damage, so
reducing an infection occurring
- Helps the skin to heal.
Can aid your skin to repair itself quicker. Helping to prevent
Licorice root is also high in many nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. These can
also be beneficial for your skin.
Using Licorice Root
There are a number of
ways it can be used that may help you manage your eczema
- Gel or Cream. Can be
applied to the affected area a few times daily. Reports show that a
2% strength gel or cream can be beneficial on eczema. Make your own
by adding a licorice root tincture to your favourite eczema-friendly
cream or gel. To make it 2% just measure out the base cream and work
out what 2% of that amount is. So, for example, if you use 100ml of
cream then you add 2ml of tincture to it. Always mix it well so the
tincture is spread evenly through the cream.
Although uncommon, some people may have an
allergic reaction to licorice so to start with it may be worth
starting with a weaker mixture, say 0.5%, then gradually increasing
- Tincture. You could add
around 10 drops to water or juice. Or you could put the drops under
your tongue. This can be done up to 3 times a day
- Tea. You could make an
infusion yourself. Put some dried root in boiling water and allow to
simmer for around 10 minutes. You can also buy some licorice tea
bags. They are widely available in health food shops. If you have a
cup before going to bed it is thought to help you get a good night's
- Capsules. These can be
taken daily. Follow the dosage recommended on the capsule you buy. As
a guide, one or two 420mg capsules can be taken 2 or 3 times a day
Licorice Root Side
The main component of
licorice is glycyrrhizin. It gives licorice it's sweet taste.
Glycyrrhizin be a
problem for people who have high blood pressure, kidney or liver
problems and heart disorders.
It is definitely always
recommended that you check with your doctor before taking or using
any licorice root product.
It is recommended
whether you have any known health issues or not. It can interact with
There are products
available that do not contain glycyrrhizin. These are called
deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or dgl licorice. Products are usually
labelled dgl if there are. If it is not labelled then presume it contains
It is suggested not to
take licorice root if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Licorice root extract
has many positive benefits that could help you manage your eczema.
If after speaking to
your doctor you decide you still want to try it, you have the benefit
of there being a few different ways to take or use it.
This helps to make it
very versatile, and you can find the way that suits you best.
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