Liquorice, known in Urdu as “Mlathi” is common in Arabia, China, Turkestan and Afghanistan. In Pakistan, Balochistan and Chitral region have the best natural liquorice. It is widely cultivated for trade in Iraq, Spain, Greece, China and Italy. In Spain, liquorice was first cultivated in the thirteenth century AD, while in Britain it was cultivated in the 16th century. The liquorice root has been being used since ancient times. The Romans, in the 4th century, would use its powder as medicine. It was said that its root had a magical effect in quenching thirst.
Liquorice contains vitamins, starch, phosphorus, sulfuric and malic acids, calcium, magnesium and many other minerals.
Health Benefits of Liquorice Oil
As mentioned at the outset, liquorice has had many benefits since ancient times. In the same way its oil too contains many ingredients that help keep people healthy by relieving various ailments. Here are a few of these benefits.
- Combats wrinkles
- Brightens skins tone
- Fades Dark Scars
- Makes hair stronger and thicker
- Boosts immunity
Liquorice oil is full of antioxidants, so it cleanses the body of substances that cause signs of aging. If you wanna keep your face young, you need to include more natural ingredients in your daily routine. And there is nothing better than liquorice oil. If used in combination with vitamin C, it may protect skin from sun damage and reduce pigmentation significantly. However, it must be used before you apply sunscreen.
Brightens skins tone
Liquorice oil is known to contain a compound known as glycyrrhizin which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is used to treat skin conditions like eczema and acne. As a rich source of antioxidants, it also offers skin lightening and anti-aging benefits.
Fades Dark Scars
When injuries from falls or other mishaps leave a scar on your body, it can take years before they fully match your normal skin tone. Liquorice oil helps to speed up the process by blocking the melanin production and evening out the skin tone of dark scars. But it won’t help much on light-colored ones.
Makes hair stronger and thicker
Liquorice oil contains proteins that help cleanse the scalp, remove itching and dandruff and help hair growth. It strengthens the hair follicles by opening the pores that close due to dandruff. In this way it makes hair thicker, longer, blacker and shinier.
Liquorice oil has antiviral and antimicrobial properties, and these may help boost immunity. The glycyrrhizin in liquorice may stimulate immunity and help fight several viral infections, as per studies conducted. It also may prevent other bacterial and fungal infections.
Liquorice and its oil are used in Europe to treat ulcers. Modern research has shown that liquorice helps heal injured gastric cells. According to an American expert, Dr. James Duke, liquorice has the ability to heal gastrointestinal ulcers because it has anti-cancer properties. A research conducted by The American Cancer Research Institute also says that reritependids, an important component of liquorice, can be a useful treatment for cancer. Because it stops the production of prostaglandins in the body. Prostaglandin is a hormone like fatty acid that accelerates the formation of cancer cells.
No doubt, Liquorice Oil has a number of health benefits, yet it has a few side effects too.
Note: This is to add to your fund of knowledge, anyone considering using Liquorice Oil is advised to discuss it with a nutritionist or a doctor first.