4 Quick & Easy Household Remedies Using Licorice

mbg Contributor By Carolina Santos-Neves
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Carolina Santos-Neves is a graduate of the Chef Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and is presently the chef of Hungry Beast, (CDMX) a kitchen & Juice Bar that focuses on flavors from all over the world with a focus on using organic and local products.
4 Quick & Easy Household Remedies Using Licorice

People have used the licorice root as a medicinal plant for centuries. For example, in ancient Greece and the Roman Empire it was used against asthma and the common cold. It was even more widely used as a medicinal plant in Ancient China...and its use continues today.

In Nordic countries, pharmacies started selling it during the 16th century as an expectorant and a cure for ailing stomachs. Licorice was still available at pharmacies there as late as the 1970s.

Internal Use

Mouth: Anti-inflammatory and preventing cavities. Some say that chewing the licorice root was the forerunner to modern-day toothbrushing. Now there is toothpaste that is flavored with licorice.

Throat: Expectorant and inflammation-reducing effects. Among other things, licorice contains saponins, a soaplike substance that lowers the surface tension in mucus membranes. The saponins activate the reflexes in the bronchus, making it easier to expel mucus.

Stomach and intestines: Encourages healing and has been used for a long time for upset stomachs and intestines. Licorice contains large quantities of flavonoids, which are believed to suppress the helicobacter pylori bacteria in sore stomachs. Eating regular quantities of licorice may also have a laxative effect.

Kidney and adrenal gland: Believed to have a stimulating effect.

Liver: Believed to have a positive effect on a damaged liver but also believed to have a protective effect in general.

Genitals: Licorice is said to be helpful in relieving menstrual cramps and in treating urinary tract infections.


External Use

Skin and hair: Licorice has been used in skin products for a long time. In Asia, it is common to find licorice in products for treating acne and psoriasis. Licorice is believed to have a healing effect on exuding wounds, rashes, and eczema. They also make shampoo with licorice, which can have a positive effect on the scalp. In addition, licorice has been used for a long time in the treatment of herpes, both herpes labialis and genital herpes.

Since licorice has a minor bleaching effect on the skin, skin care products with licorice can be used to help lighten irregular pigments and spots. However, they should not be used when tanning.

The licorice root contains around 20 fungus-reducing substances, which might help in treating athlete's foot.

Throat Tea with Licorice, Sage, and Peppermint

A nice warming tea that is good for the throat. Licorice is an expectorant and can help calm a cough. The peppermint helps to open the airways, and the slightly antibiotic sage soothes the throat and can speed healing.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 licorice root
  • 3 twigs of fresh peppermint
  • 3 stems of fresh sage
  • Honey, optional
  • 1 small jug


1. Boil the water and licorice root in a small pan. Remove from the heat and add the peppermint. Let it steep for a few minutes.

2. Add the sage, and let it steep several more minutes. Sift, then add some honey if desired.


For Coughs

Chew licorice root or drink brewed tea with crushed licorice root. Another option is to combine some ground licorice root with honey and add it to a glass of hot water, then drink the water.

For Throat Inflammation

Drink tea brewed with crushed licorice root, dried chamomile, and sage.


Moisturizing Licorice Hand Bath

A moisturizing and beautiful hand bath that is healthy for both body and soul.


  • ½ teaspoon ground licorice root
  • 2 teaspoons. flaky sea salt
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon dried lavender
  • a few drops of peppermint oil
  • a few drops of ecological soap, preferably licorice soap
  • ½ gallon of lukewarm water


1. Mix licorice root, salt, lavender, and peppermint oil together in a bowl. Next, add some soap, then add some fresh flowers and start adding the water. Let your hands rest in the water for 5 to 10 minutes.

2. Then, rinse your hands and dry them thoroughly. Rub your hands with an oil or hand cream.


Licorice Balls

Boost your day with energetic licorice balls and a fresh, cold smoothie.

Makes 35


  • 12 soft, dried, seeded dates
  • 1 cup cashew nuts (about 7 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
  • 1 teaspoon licorice granules or salty licorice powder
  • 7 ounces dark chocolate, 56 to 70 percent
  • 2 teaspoons licorice granules
  • Paper petits fours molds


1. Let the dates soak in cold water for 10 minutes, then drain.

2. Blend the cashew nuts finely, then add the dates and blend together. Add the cocoa powder, coconut oil, and licorice granules. Blend into a smooth paste, then put the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

3. Once chilled, roll the paste into balls. Finely chop 2 ounces of dark chocolate and melt it carefully in the microwave, ensuring that it does not burn. Finely chop the remaining dark chocolate, then mix it with licorice granules on a flat plate. Put some of the melted chocolate in your palm and roll one of the balls in your hand, covering it with the chocolate.

4. Next, roll the ball in the chocolate and licorice mix. Repeat this procedure with the rest of the balls. Place them into the paper molds and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. These will last for several weeks.

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