The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce

Botanical Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra

Common Names and Synonyms: Liquorice-root, Spanish licorice-root, Licorice-root.

Background: Native to southern Europe, Asia and the Middle East, sweet tasting licorice has been used for over two thousand years to soothe chest and throat complaints.  Modern herbalists also use licorice for its anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties, particularly its healing qualities for inflamed mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.  The plant flowers between May and August.  In the late fall, the roots are gathered and dried.  A tea from the roots is useful in lessening the irritation of coughs and abdominal colic.

Licorice in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce recommended licorice primarily for its healing effects on the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines.
  • The most common dosages for licorice were as follows:
      1 grain 18 readings
      1/2 grain 17 readings
      1/4 grain 4 readings
      3 grains 2 readings
      5 grains 1 reading
      2 grains 1 reading
  • Several early readings which suggest licorice did not specify it as a compound, but simply gave amounts as follows:
      1 grain 8 readings
      2 grains 2 readings
  • Licorice was typically recommended with other substances in a compound.  Although a wide diversity of  formulas were given, the most common substances mentioned in the same readings with licorice were as follows:
      Cascara 41 readings
      Senna 28 readings
      Yellow Saffron 21 readings
      Sanguinaria 13 readings
      Mandrake 12 readings
      Tolu  6 readings
      Ambrosia 5 readings
      Elm 5 readings
      Sarsaparilla 5 readings
      Sanguinaria 4 readings
      Yellow Dock 4 readings
Cayce Quotes on Licorice

    With the rhubarb and licorice we add the active principle to the mucous membrane itself in the upper intestines, giving off more of the properties used as a lining to the intestinal tract.

    The action of these medicinal properties is given here to produce the proper equilibrium is this, the licorice is an active principle, that is, the active principle in the licorice to the blood supplying forces as they are taken from the system in the duodenum and through the liver here as being active for new blood; the action with this, that is with the licorice of the cascara is to produce not an excitement of the mucous tissues of the stomach and intestines, but a condition that will act with these to eliminate through the proper channels the poisons now being absorbed by the blood back to the system ...

    Preferably to that which has been used we would use the preparation made by Simmons - known as Simmons Liver Regulator, composed of licorice compound; added cascara.

    Those properties as will be found in Licorice Compound, Cascara Sagrada, and Ambrosia weed (powdered), as an active principle for the liver.  Those as would clarify the system and as would be active as medicinal properties.


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