cure hives with licorice

Hives scientifically known as urticaria is an allergic reaction that forms itchy red bumps or welts on the skin. Hives are triggered by sunlight, stress, medications, infections, cold temperature, insect bites or stings (1), or other underlying conditions. Hives normally disappear within 24 hours. However immediate medical attention is required if someone experience difficult in breathing, dizziness, swelling in throat or face. Here is the simple home remedy to treat hives.

Take 2 sticks of licorice, place in a mortar and crush well. Heat 250 ml of water in a pan. Add crushed licorice and boil for 5 to 7 minutes in medium flame. Switch off, strain and cool down. Dip cotton ball in the boiled licorice water and apply it on the hives area. Repeat twice or thrice a week. This helps treat hives quickly.

How does licorice cure hives?

Licorice root is an excellent cure for hives. The anti-inflammatory properties of hives increase the immunity of the body, cures the burning and swelling on the skin and treat hives effectively.

Licorice in other languages

Licorice is called Athimadhuram in Tamil, Multhahi in Hindi, Yashti, Maduka and Athirasa in Sanskrit, Eratti Madhuram in Malayalam, Yeshto-Madhu in Bengali, Jashtimadh in Gujarati and Marathi, Athi- Madhur in Telugu.

Nutrition facts in Licorice

Licorice is a good source of vitamin E, vitamin B1(2), vitamin B2, B3 and B5. It also contains many minerals such as iron, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium, choline (3), selenium, zinc and silicon. It holds all essential phytonutrients including glabridin, thymol, quercetin, phenol, beta-carotene, ferulic acid, and glycyrrhizin.

Health benefits of licorice

Boosts brain health

Licorice contains glabridin (4) a major flavonoid which help protect the brain from stroke related injuries. Licorice root also has a compound called carbenoxolone – a glycyrrhetinic acid which was found to reduce stress and protects brain from aging. It keeps the mental skill sharp and prevents from Alzheimer’s (5)and other brain diseases.

Fights inflammation

Licorice extract was found to have anti-inflammatory properties. It can protect against autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. The extract is highly effective in the treatment of digestive tract inflammation. The same extract is proven to effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis, and also provides relief from pain and swelling.

Helps with menopausal symptoms

The licorice root extract has been traditionally used to balance female hormones. Licorice is highly effective than hormone replacement therapy by reducing hot flash duration in menopausal women. Licorice contains phytoestrogens which helps in increasing the levels of progesterone hormone (6), which in turn reduces menstrual cramps and discomfort during menstruation.  Also helps improve physical and psychological health.

Prevents cancer

The various components of licorice are very effective against several indications of cancer, including inflammation, making its own blood vessels, cell death resistance, and cell proliferation (7).  Licorice extract is specifically toxic to human cancer cells, but not for healthy cells.

Licochalcone A is a type of natural phenol found in licorice root inhibits cancer cells from generating its own blood vessels by blocking the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Polysaccharide in licorice promotes apoptosis and prevents cancer cells from growing further.

Treats infection

This root has antioxidant properties and stimulates immune system. It has anti-fungal (8), anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The root extract is effective in controlling the growth of bacteria. Licorice contains glycyrrihizic acid which prevents all type of infections including fungal, bacterial and viral.  

Helps with fatigue

Adrenal glands (9) are responsible for the production of hormones and overall function of the body. Licorice extract prevents malfunction of the adrenal glands. Too much consumption of licorice must be avoided. Moderate consumption aids in stimulating the body’s resistance to fatigue, stress, especially after surgeries. Also, licorice extract has glabridin, a polyphenolic flavonoid which reduces exercise induced fatigue.

Treats respiratory disorders

Licorice root plays an important role in relieving cold, cough, sore throats, bronchitis and other ailments of the respiratory tract. The root is also cover the throat with a thin film of mucus, this protects mild tissues in there. It also helps remove congestion from the lungs and helps to bring up phlegm.

Improves male and female fertility

Many studies have proven that licorice root can treat erectile dysfunction. Another Italian study shows that intake of licorice might also increase serum testosterone levels (10)and this directly impact fertility.

Licorice is effective in balancing female hormones, normalizing irregular menstruation, helpful in restoration of regular ovulation, and boosts conception.

Improves lactation

This herb has been used since ancient times to treat various health issues. Licorice has many medicinal properties which helps boost breast milk in a natural way, when consumed at moderate level. Mix licorice powder in boiled cow’s milk and consume every day to improve lactation.

Side effects of licorice root

  • Excess consumption of this root can lead to kidney issues.
  • Person who already have hypokalemia must avoid taking licorice, since it can cause excessively low potassium levels.
  • Though studies say, licorice can increase testosterone levels, some other studies have stated that it can do quite opposite. Hence, consult doctor before using it.
  • If you have an upcoming surgery, stop taking licorice at least two weeks before it, since licorice can interfere with blood pressure.

Please follow the below simple DIY and know how to treat hives with licorice.

How to cure hives using licorice

  • 2 Small sticks Licorice (Athimadhuram)
  • 250 ml Water
  1. To make the recipe use licorice (Athimadhuram), and water.
  2. Add 2 small sticks of licorice to mortar.

  3. Crush the sticks.
  4. Add 250 ml water to pan.
  5. Add crushed licorice to water.
  6. Boil it for 5 minutes.
  7. Allow it cool down and strain the water.
  8. Done.

Take a cotton ball and dip in the licorice boiled water. Apply it on the affected area.

Repeat twice or thrice a day to treat hives.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.