- Licorice Root comes from a tall
shrub with bluish flowers of the pea family and is found all
across Asia and Europe. The root is used medicinally and is one
of the most important herbs in traditional Chinese medicine.
- Licorice Root is used as a
soothing and calming agent for digestive and urinary problems,
coughs and sore throats. Overall, Licorice Root helps boost
immunity, reduce inflammation, protect the liver and ease
- Licorice Root has many active
constituents that aid the body in numerous ways. Glycyrrhizin
acts as an anti-inflammatory to inhibit the breakdown of cortisol
and also has antiviral properties
- Flavanoids help heal the digestive
tract and provide antioxidant protection. Triterpenoids inhibit
cancerous growths and help prevent tooth decay. It also
stimulates production of two steroids, cortisone and aldosterone
to help reduce inflammation.
Liquorices Extract and transform it radically in a
clean and easy-to-use ingredient. A very demanding research
and development project over several years led to a new generation
of Liquorices Extracts in process-performing forms. This new line
of quick processing Liquorices Extract includes the following
qualities Liquorices Pellets – granules in different
granulometries Liquorices Nuggets – small, extruded blocks
QSLic (Quick Soluble Liquorices) – agglomerated powder that
The plant material is received at the factory, it
is dried in the sun and then coarsely milled in a hammer mill and
stored in bags. The factory is in operation for 24 hours per day,
and they process 2,16 ton of roots per week. This yields 525 kg of
The process starts by boiling the root
material. 30 kg at a time is packed in containers and boiled for
40 minutes in tanks with a water capacity of 300 litres. The
process is repeated three times for each load. This boiling
process extracts liquorices from the roots, almost like a teabag
infuses hot water.
- New World
Marketing, which manufactures Panda brand
bars, chews and comfits (small and perfumed
bites), appeals to the adult consumer with ingredients such as
molasses, wheat flour,
extract and anise oil.
- Many herbs such as
are grown in third world countries, where labor
is cheap, and chemicals are not used because cost is
- The product is inexpensive and
free of synthetic chemicals. Large companies involved in the
processing and distribution of these herbs know this and take
advantage of international markets.
- Again, the grower needs to get a
commitment to buy the crop before he makes the decision to grow
it. Risks are higher with specialty crops and price should
- Organic retail sales approx £1.12
year ending April 2004, 11% y-on-y growth.
It is employed as a flavorings agent in sweets and
tobacco, and as a foaming agent in fire extinguishers and beer. It
is used traditionally to relieve coughs and sore throats, and
against gastric inflammation. One of the main active ingredients
is glycyrrhizin, which has a cortisone-like effect and,
additionally, is 50 times sweeter then sucrose
(Bown1995).Glycyrrhizin raises prostaglandin levels locally,
increasing mucous secretion and promoting proliferation of cells
in the stomach.
It is used
as an emulsifier to create foam in drinks and alcoholic beverages.
Licorice root can be chewed or made into tea. It is frequently
found in cough preparations and candies, often combined with anise
seed. Consumption of licorice is believed to aid in healing
stomach ulcers. Tea made from licorice and other anti-spasmodic
herbs is often taken for menstrual cramps.
Aloe should not be used during pregnancy or
lactation except under medical supervision after evaluating
benefits and risks. Aloe is also contraindicated in patients with
cramps, colic, haemorrhoids, nephritis, or any undiagnosed
abdominal symptoms such aspain, nausea, or vomiting.
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