Chinese Licorice Seeds

Plant Description:
Chinese Licorice
Glycyrrhiza uralensis
Perennial: Hardy in zones 6 to 10
When to Sow: Spring, late summer
Light conditions: Full sun to partial shade
Ease of Germination: Moderate
Uses: Culinary, medicinal, industrial

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Chinese Licorice Seeds

This licorice root, also known as gan-cao, is the most commonly used Chinese medicinal herb, occurring in almost all prescriptions; its use is associated with longevity. The sweet tonic herb is an expectorant, neutralizes toxins and balances blood sugar levels. Three-year-old roots are harvested in the autumn.

Laboratory studies in China have found that the extracts of Chinese licorice can help detoxify over 1,200 known toxins. It is useful in relieving the intoxication of junk foods, drugs and alcohol. In China, it is known as the ‘great detoxifier’ and the ‘great adjunct.’ It is a tonic to the spleen and kidneys and helps regulate stomach functions. Licorice can build and sustain energy partly due to its power to control the blood sugar balance. It is also used to sharpen concentration, relieve abdominal pain and congestion, and benefit the functions of the abdominal organs. Also, Chinese licorice is said to help promote muscle growth, beautifies the countenance, fortifies the ligaments and bones, cures swollen wounds caused by straining or penetrating injury. It also detoxifies the blood and relieves pain and tension due to stress. It has been used successfully for a thousand years in anorexia, which is now a growing health concern in the West.

How to Grow Chinese Licorice

Chinese licorice seeds require scarifying: lightly nick or use sandpaper to scratch seeds. You must also soak the seeds for 24 hours before sowing. Chinese licorice is a perennial herb and is hardy in zones 6 to 10. Licorice prefers full sun to partial shade. It requires fertile, moist, and well-draining soil with a pH of around 6. Sow in spring or early fall. Soak the seeds for 24 hours in warm water at 20°C (68°F). Surface sow the seeds and lightly cover them with soil. Keep soil moist but never soggy. For best germination results, grow indoors in sterilized soil; black earth/peat moss mixture—transplant outside after the risk of frost has passed. Seed germination is often low and irregular. Germination takes 1-2 weeks.

Licorice Tea

Licorice root tea is fantastic for treating sore throats and coughs. It coats your throat with its sweet flavour making swallowing a lot less painful, as well as fighting off harmful bacteria and viruses. Licorice has powerful anti-inflammatory properties useful for arthritis, gastritis, and canker sores. Also, a mild laxative. Components in licorice aid in healing gastric ulcers.

Seed Quantity

100 seeds, 200 seeds, 400 seeds, 800 seeds, 1,600 seeds, 250 grams


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