If there is a plant with universal effectiveness, then it is licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra). It is sweet and is used to treat many diseases. Ancient Egyptians stored it in vaults, while in ancient Rome, around 360 BC, they used it against baldness and some other serious health problems. Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great loved, appreciated and used licorice.

Licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar. It strengthens the immune system, destroys bacteria, viruses and fungi, soothes respiratory problems and bronchitis.

The LICORICE root contains several hundred medicinal substances and is a real treasure trove of iron and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and E.

Due to the hormone cortisol, licorice increases resistance to stress and it is recommended for severe physical and mental efforts. Also it acts as an antidepressant.

Licorice and its preparations have a beneficial effect on women going through menopause. Licorice reduces night sweats and hot flashes, allows faster and easier falling asleep. In addition, it stimulates the secretion of the female hormone estrogen, which disappears in menopause, and at the same time lowers testosterone. This improves the quality of skin and hair. This plant also contains dihydrotestosterone, which plays a key role in the prevention of baldness in men.

Licorice root strengthens the immune system, destroys bacteria, viruses and fungi. Soothes and breathing difficulties, helps with bronchitis, stomach problems, protects against heart disease, prevents muscle and joint pain.

Prolonged intake lowers blood pressure, but it is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing mothers. It is best to use clean, dried root.

Laryngitis, bronchitis, baldness

For sore throats chew on a piece of raw licorice root.

Against bronchitis root powder works best. Mix five grams with three tablespoons of honey and intake the mixture three times a day.

With hair fall make a paste of two teaspoons of minced licorice root, four spoons of milk and a pinch of saffron. Lubricate a critical spot on the head before bedtime, leave briefly to act and rinse. Expect results in a few weeks. The paste is particularly effective in the early stages of baldness and a sudden hair loss, as well as the occurrence of dandruff.

For stomach problems and ulcers drink tea. Pour a scoop root into a cup of boiling water and leave covered for 10 minutes. Strain and drink warm for one to three cups a day. Tea is good for the immune system especially if you add a little honey and cinnamon stick.

Women with polycystic ovaries use tea made from half a teaspoon of licorice root with 150 ml of boiling water. Leave it covered for five minutes, strain and drink three times daily after meals, four to six weeks.

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