Licorice or Mulethi is a medicinal herb which is used in various Ayurvedic medicines. Its underground stems and roots are used for medicinal purpose. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective properties. Mulethi is useful in cough, sore throat, bronchitis, sexual weakness, skin problems, jaundice, hoarseness, vata dosha, ulcers etc. It has demulcent and expectorant properties.
Health Benefits of Mulethi
- Combats Digestive Issues - The root of Mulethi is very helpful in curing digestive problems like acid reflux, inflammation of the stomach, stomach ulcers, heartburn, acidity and constipation. It also acts as a mild laxative and regulates bowel movements. Mulethi has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which is why it helps reduce inflammation in the lining of the stomach. In most cases, peptic ulcers are also treated by consuming this herb on a regular basis.
- Combats Respiratory Infections - Mulethi herb can treat asthma, cough, cold, sore throat and other respiratory ailments. Its antioxidant properties help to reduce inflammation specifically in the bronchial tubes. Mulethi thins and loosens the mucus inside the airways, this eases coughing and congestion. Many times, microbes are responsible for the overproduction of mucus which results to coughs and cold, Mulethi can easily clear these microbes due to its anti bacterial properties.
- Improves Immunity - In most cases, Mulethi is used to improve immunity which is due to the increase in the production of macrophage and lymphocytes. These help to prevent microbial infections and improve the defence mechanism of the body. It also aids in reducing immune related allergy reactions and immunity complications to a certain extent.
- Uses of Mulethi - Mulethi provides skin brightening effect, diminishes blemishes, heals acne, treats eczema and dermatitis, acts as a natural sunscreen and protects your immune system. It also has wonderful effects on the scalp and hair which involves preventing hair loss, treating dandruff, boosting hair growth and combating premature balding.