Is Licorice (Mulethi) Good for Digestive Issues? The reply might shock you

Let’s all agree that the age-old methods of treating common health problems are back. In recent years we have seen the return of a number of traditional ingredients and “gharelu nuskas”. Many of us are going back to our roots in search of ingredients that are tried and tested and proven to be healthy. One herb that our grandparents swore by is ‘mulethi’ (also called liquorice or liquorice) and we too have become aware of its many benefits. For the uninitiated, licorice root is grown throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It is an herb used to make cough drops along with various dishes and drinks. Mulethi can help with everything from gastrointestinal disorders to infections such as colds and coughs, as well as excessive sugar and blood pressure.

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Famous nutritionist Lovneet Batra has explained how this herb can help with indigestion and constipation. According to Lovneet Batra, licorice water helps with muscle spasms and gastrointestinal inflammation, both of which can cause indigestion.

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Mulethi for home remedies

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How To Consume Licorice Root? | How do you drink licorice root?

Licorice root can be eaten in three ways:

  1. To prepare licorice root tea, take a cup of hot water and add one licorice root. Soak the root in the hot water for 5 minutes. Strain and serve. You can use this drink to relieve indigestion and constipation and also to relieve a sore throat.
  2. If you don’t want to drink his tea. You can simply chew licorice root.
  3. You can pulverize the root and add it to your chai or hot milk. Simple yet effective.

Aside from indigestion and constipation, licorice can also help with various other health issues. Wondering what that is? Just look.

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Here are a few more benefits of licorice root (or mulethi):

1. Cures cold and cough

According to Lovneet Batra, mulethi is effective in treating colds and coughs, especially dry cough. Due to its natural bronchodilator properties, it is an effective ingredient for treating wintertime asthma-related symptoms.

2. Prevents menstrual cramps

Mulethi has antispasmodic effects that are known to act as muscle relaxants. This also relieves discomfort and helps prevent cramps.

3. Supports gut health

Glycyrrhizin and Carbenoxolone are the two active components found in Mulethi. Aside from relieving constipation, stomach pain, heartburn, acidosis, and other stomach issues, these compounds may also help prevent stomach and stomach ulcers.

So what are you waiting for? Try this water or root on an empty stomach in the morning and see the change. Please share your experience in the comment section.

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