Liquorice weed

Scientific name of Liquorice weed: Scoparia dulcis

Name of Liquorice weed in different languages:

English: Stonebreaker, Scoparia-weed, Goat weed, sweet-broom, Sweet broom weed.

Sanskrit: Asmagni

Hindi: मिठी पत्ती Mithi Patti

Malayalam: Kallurukki –കല്ലുരുക്കി, Meenanganni

Plant description

It is an erect annual or perennial herb grows up to 30 cm. Leaves are small, size 1 to 3 cm long and 0.5 to 1.5 cm wide, ovate, oblong, apex acute, Flowers are small and white, in axillaries, solitary 4 to 7 mm long. Capsules are 1 to 2 mm, globules. Seeds are 4-angled and reticulated.

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-oblong Margin-Dentated Venation-Reticulate

Medicinal uses:

to remove kidney stones, analgesic, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory, to control pita and kapha, fever, wound, skin diseases.

Chemical content:

Scoparic Acid, Scopadulcic acid, Scopadulciol, Scopadulin.

Ayurveda medicinal uses Liquorice weed

In Ayurveda, Liquorice weed, also known as Yashtimadhu or Glycyrrhiza glabra, holds significant medicinal value. It is considered a versatile herb with various therapeutic applications:
  1. Respiratory Health: Liquorice weed is known for its expectorant properties, making it beneficial for respiratory issues like coughs, bronchitis, and sore throats. It helps soothe irritated mucous membranes.
  2. Digestive Support: It aids in digestion by reducing acidity and soothing inflamed gastrointestinal tissues. It is used for conditions like gastritis, acidity, and ulcers.
  3. Adrenal Support: It supports the adrenal glands and helps manage stress by regulating cortisol levels.
  4. Anti-inflammatory: Liquorice weed has anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful in conditions like arthritis and inflammation of the digestive tract.
  5. Hormonal Balance: It can help regulate hormonal imbalances, particularly in women. It may alleviate symptoms of PMS and menopause.
  6. Immune Booster: Its immunomodulatory properties enhance the immune system’s response, providing protection against infections.
  7. Skin Conditions: It is used topically for various skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis due to its soothing and anti-inflammatory effects.
  8. Liver Support: Liquorice weed aids in detoxification processes within the liver, promoting overall liver health.
  9. Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial: It possesses properties that can help combat certain viruses and bacteria.
  10. Adaptogenic: It acts as an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to stressors and supporting overall well-being.
  11. Anti-allergic: It may help alleviate allergic reactions by stabilizing mast cells.

Despite its numerous benefits, it’s important to use Liquorice weed in moderation and under the guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner, especially if taken in large amounts or for an extended period. It can interact with certain medications and may not be suitable for individuals with specific health conditions. Always consult a healthcare professional before starting any new herbal remedy.

How to prepare medicines:

To remove kidney stone –

Plug one or two whole plants and wash in cold water, and then ground well and keep in tender coconut water (Cut the top of whole coconut and pour the juice into it and close with cut piece) keep it for a night and drank it in the morning. Repeat this for three days.

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