Licorice tincture – how to make and use it


Licorice is a herb that has been used in medicine and cosmetics thanks to its unique properties. Herb is used as an aid in the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers. On the other hand, licorice candies are worth giving to children, because they inhibit the development of tooth decay. Check what other properties licorice has.

For the licorice root tincture, put 4 tablespoons (60 grams) of sliced licorice roots in an airtight jar. Fill a jar with 1 glass ml of vodka until all parts of the root are covered and allow the tincture to macerate for 3 weeks. Shake the tincture once a day, bottle and keep in a dark place. 

Do you want to know more about licorice? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a licorice tincture by yourself.

Where to buy licorice for tincture?

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried licorice on Amazon here – Chopped Licorice-4oz-Ideal Licorice Cut.

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Licorice tincture uses

Licorice tincture is used especially for:

  • eczema, 
  • swelling (inflammation) of the liver (hepatitis), 
  • mouth sores.

 Licorice is also used to flavor foods, beverages, and tobacco products.

Licorice tincture benefits

Licorice has many properties that have been appreciated for centuries. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it was used as an expectorant in diseases of the upper respiratory tract – to relieve tiring cough, as well as in diseases of the liver, stomach, kidneys and bladder.

Nowadays, in some countries, licorice extracts are used as an aid in the treatment of Simmonds disease, tumors that destroy the pituitary gland, adrenal cortex atrophy, multiple sclerosis, Addison’s disease, rheumatism and allergic diseases.

Licorice tincture dosage

Most sources suggest that a dose of 1/2 – 1 teaspoon (2,5 – 5 ml) per day should be the best, but licorice tincture should not be consumed for more than 4 weeks. 

Licorice tincture contraindications 

Licorice cannot be used in:

  • liver disease with cholestasis, 
  • liver cirrhosis, 
  • hypertension, 
  • water and electrolyte imbalance (e.g. hypokalemia), 
  • kidney failure.

Licorice should not be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Products based on this herb should not be given to children under 4 years of age.

People struggling with chronic diseases and taking medication regularly should consult a doctor before consuming the herb. It is worth knowing that licorice should not be combined with diuretics, antiarrhythmic drugs and steroid drugs.

Products containing licorice should not be consumed for more than 4 weeks. Eating them too long or too often can lead to cardiac arrhythmias, fluid retention, or high blood pressure. Additionally, licorice can interact with some medications to significantly lower potassium levels (this can lead to hypokalemia).

What type of alcohol is used for licorice tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried licorice, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herb out of it.

How long does licorice tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, licorice tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

    Here you can also find a more detailed post with list of equipment that might be useful.

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Other names of licorice

If you would like to check more info about the licorice root here you can find webmd.com article about it

It is also known under such names: Acide Glycyrrhizique, Acide Glycyrrhizinique, Alcacuz, Alcazuz, Bois Doux, Bois Sucré, Can Cao, Chinese Licorice, Deglycyrrhized Licorice, East European Licorice, Gan Cao, Gan Zao, Glabra, Glycyrrhiza, Glycyrrhiza echinate, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Glycyrrhiza glabra typica, Glycyrrhiza glabra violacea, Glycyrrhiza glabra glandulifera, Glycyrrhiza glandulifera, Glycyrrhiza Radix, Glycyrrhiza uralensis, Glycyrrhizae, Glycyrrhizic Acid, Glycyrrhizinic Acid, Isoflavone, Jethi-Madh, Kanzo, Lakritze, Licorice Root, Liquiritiae Radix, Liquirizia, Mulathi, Mulethi, Orozuz, Phytoestrogen, Phyto-œstrogène, Racine de Réglisse, Racine Douce, Radix Glycyrrhizae, Régalissse, Regaliz, Reglisse, Réglisse, Réglisse Déglycyrrhisée, Réglisse Espagnole, Réglisse Russe, Regliz, Russian Licorice, Spanish Licorice, Subholz, Sussholz, Sweet Root, Turkish Licorice, Ural Licorice, Yashtimadhu, Yashti-Madhu, Yashti-Madhuka, Zhi Gan Cao.

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