Active ingredients, medicinal properties, and applications of licorice:
Licorice root contains glycyrrhizic acid, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar, and its amount varies depending on weather conditions and variety. A wide range of active ingredients such as various sugars (up to 18%), flavonoids, sterols, essential oils, and saponins is glycyrrhizic acid. So far, licorice root has been considered due to the presence of glycyrrhizic acid and has been used in various pharmaceutical and food industries.However, the roots of this plant also contain valuable flavonoids that have received much attention in recent years. Licorice root bark contains amounts of gabbridin as a present in the woody parts of thick roots.
The most important medicinal property of licorice is its effect on the gastrointestinal tract. This plant cures inflammation and duodenum. It is also useful for treating indigestion and eliminating bloating. It is antitussive, expectorant, laxative, anti-inflammatory, anti-seizure. One of the medicinal properties of licorice is its anti-spot and brightening properties on the skin presented in the form of skincare creams.
The active ingredients of this plant are also used in sweetening medicines.In the United States and European countries, this plant is widely used in the food industry (preparation of biscuits, ice cream, candy, chewing gum, jelly, small, chewable pieces, pastilles, etc…) And cosmetics (preparation of creams, shampoos, light soaps). It has skin, serum and hair mask, face wash serum, etc…