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Licorice or sweet root is obtained from Glycyrrhiza glabra, a legume related to beans and peas that is native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. Licorice gained attention of our ancestors due to its remarkable sweetening effect which may account upto 30 to 50 times of sugar. In ancient times, licorice was used by Egyptians as a beverage and a pharmaceutical.

Botanical name: Glycyrrhiza glabra

Family: Fabaceae

Part Used: Roots and stems

Active Ingredient: Glycyrrhizin, Glabridin, glycyrrhetinic acid

Testing Method: HPLC

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The plant contains various substances with different mechanisms of action: Saponins found in the herb act both as mucus thinning and expectorant, antiviral action is exhibited by glycyrrhizin, and bacteria growth inhibitory effect is exhibited by isoflavonoids hispaglabridin A and B and glabridin. Glycyrrhizic acid has an antispasmodic effect on the gastrointestinal tract, whereby the bacteria in the intestine convert licorice into a substance that acts as a liver-protective agent by neutralizing free radicals.

The licorice extract manufactured at Hindustan Herbal Limited (HHL) is of premium quality; supported by the fact that extraction is purely water based and quality raw material is obtained from reliable sources in Central Asia and Middle East. To safeguard against any deviation in quality, we maintain an inventory that can last for 20-24 months.


Extraction of Licorice
Licorice Extraction
Types of industries using LICORICE and its derivatives
Licorice    Licorice Plant
Pharmacological Action Mechanism of action Application
  • Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)
  • Certain enzymes which are responsible for inflammatory
  • Arthritis
  • Allergic Disorders
  • Facilitates free radical scavenging
  • Chelates metal ion
  • Inhibits Lipid peroxidation
  • Skin care products
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair care products
Healing of Skin Disorders
  • the associated inflammation
  • the symptoms such as redness, rashes, itching and swelling associated with the skin disorders
  • Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
  • Skin Rashes
  • Psoriasis
  • Itchy & Dry Skin
Respiratory Problems
  • Acts as a good expectorant
  • Breaks up and facilitate secretion of phlegm
  • Widens the air passage
  • Asthma
  • Chest pain/ Cold
  • Emphysema
  • Sore throat
Digestive Disorders
  • Can inhibit the growth of toxic bacteria such as H. pylori
  • Dyspepsia
  • Gastric ulcer
  • Stomach Distress
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
Aids in Weight loss
  • Increases the levels of PPAR-alpha, stimulates breakdown of fats
  • Decreases levels of SREBP-1 protein which promotes production of fats
  • Modulates glucose metabolism by activation of AMPK
  • Weight management
Pre-menstrual & Menstrual Syndrome /Menopause
  • Estrogenic action helps in hot flashes, mood swings, breast tenderness, menstrual cramps, nausea & bloating
  • Anti-spasmodic & Anti-inflammatory action
  • Pre-menstrual Syndrome
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Bloating
Promotes Oral Health
  • Anti-bacterial action
  • Anti-microbial action
  • Reduces cavity causing bacteria, reduces plague & fights bad breath
  • Keeps the teeth & gums healthy
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Plague
Anti-viral & anti-bacterial
  • Promotes activation of interferon
  • Promotes multiplication of immune system killer T-cells
  • HIV
Boosts Liver Health
  • Regulates the level of AST and ALT
  • Regulates the level of hepatic oxidative species
  • Alcohol Induced Fatty Liver
  • Jaundice
Boosts Brain Health
  • Reduces stress
  • Slow down brain ageing & have positive effect on brain cells
  • Keep mental skills sharp
  • Anti-depressant
  • Brain Tonic
Our Variants available

  1. Licorice extract
  2. De-Glycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL)
  3. Monoammonium Glycyrrhizinate [ EP/USP]
  4. Enoxolone (EP)
  5. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate
  6. Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate
  7. Glabridin
  8. Glycyrrhizinic acid Upto 90%


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