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Licorice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra

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The licorice is a plant whose origin is Asian. Is also called sweet plant because its main composition of sugars, is also widely used in cooking and baking. Its stem does not reach over one meter in length and has a purple flower.

Composition

Licorice has:

Calcium, Iron, Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus.

Vitamins

B1 Thiamine, B2 Riboflavin, Niacin, B6 pyridoxine, Folic Acid, B12 Cyanocobalamin, Ascorbic Acid, Retinol, Carotenoids (β-carotene), A, D.

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Cultivation

The cultivation of licorice is as easy, you only need to plant a plant and plant spreads its roots, the plant needs more land to extend their roots much better, but can also be grown in pots (larger better)

You can also take a piece of licorice and leave in water until it begins to sprout (not important to the sun), once they start to see outbreaks and can be transplanted.

This plant will grow much better in soils with moisture, such as near rivers or in fields where the trees need enough water for cultivation.

Harvest

To start collecting the licorice should wait at least 3 or 4 years since the plant has been planted, and harvested during the months of October and March, the collection consists in starting the ground roots of the plant, but must take into account that it is a plant that extends far, if you leave without collecting any root plant sprouts again, (but tell that to my grandfather that was an orange grove years to completely eliminate this plant and all children of the village would take licorice and left the field full of holes)

Consumption

The consumption of this plant in Spain has grown by 350% in recent years because many people use to quit smoking.

Just to keep a vast piece of root well washed free of dirt and insects and suck.

Properties

It contains many medicinal properties, some of which are:

In good for digestion and containing antacid properties

It is also recommended for colds, as has anti-inflammatory and expectorant.

It is said that women have an aphrodisiac effect smell.

It is also used to quit smoking, many people suck when they feel desire licorice lit a cigarette.

It is used in hair treatments, decreasing fat and dandruff hair.

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Curiosities.

The famous Guinness (Irish beer black) used licorice in their manufacture.

In Spain we see especially in times of party people who will sell licorice stems, in many bullrings, in times of fallas in Valencia ....

It is good for stress.


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