Licorice – The Skin Lightening Ayurvedic Herb

Do you know what Licorice is, or how useful can it prove to be? Well if not, then let me share a few unknown secrets or Ayurvedic benefits hidden in licorice for you.

Licorice root
Licorice Root, photo from Flickr

Women of the present generation tend to flock for the artificial and harmful skin and hair products available in the market, instead of using the old technique of homemade remedies to improve the conditions of their skin and hair. Well most of the young women waste a large sum of money on cosmetics and creams instead of just spending some time and following the convention followed by their grandmothers, that is, to use herbs on skin and hair to improve their conditions.

Licorice as an herb often works wonders when used in combination with other herbs. The root of Licorice works like a charm when used in its original form on skin. The root would make your skin clearer and fairer instead of damaging your skin like artificial cosmetics do. Along with this the herb if used in its original form or in combination with other herbs helps to reduce oiliness on hair.

Licorice Root Extract
Licorice root extract is one of the most common herbal ingredients found in most of the cosmetics used by you. The root extracts are also used in treating a variety of skin diseases due to its anti- oxidant, anti- inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-carcinogenic, and antiviral properties. The primary anti- oxidant and anti- inflammatory compounds found in licorice are saponins, flavonoids, glycyrrizinic, and glycosides- glycyrrhizing acid.

A recent study has shown that a combination of licorice root extract with retinoic acid and betamethasone resulted in a brilliant skin lightening response in 70% of all patients. The topical application of glabridin repressed UVB- induced pigmentation and erythema in the skin of animals, mainly guinea pigs.

The effective extract is made from small, rough and brown licorice root, which usually tastes and smells like candy but is not actually sweet when tasted.

Is the use of Licorice fruitful?

On skin:
Licorice root being an ayurvedic medicine is used in the making of serum in portions. Licorice root serums work on all skin types, be it oily skin, irritated or mature and uneven skin. Its use leaves the skin unharmed unlike other cosmetics. Before buying any product for any external skin use you must make sure to know which are the ingredients added to the mixture of the product, and whether they are safe enough to use or not.

Licorice as a natural element has a mild smoothening and brightening action. Used in serums, spot treatments, cleansers, and moisturizers, it helps in the fading of hyper- pigmentation and sun damage for all skin tones in a safe manner. It blocks melanin production to prevent the formation of hyper-pigmentation. Its usage leaves the skin brighter, hydrated and clearer. The root extracts are potent for red, acne-prone skin as well as for dull complexions and dehydrated skin. The root also contains a particular compound that works as a gentle sunscreen. It acts like a shield and protects the skin from UVA/ UVB rays to keep your skin bright and fresh forever.

Licorice brightens skin appearance, and when it is used in combination with Gigawhite in serums it brightening the look of your skin, that is, it adds a natural glow to your skin. The combination of Gigawhite and Licorice root are seen in many cosmetics, such as skin moisturizers, skin cleansers etc. Licorice as a herb is also useful in treating dangerous skin diseases like eczema and other dermatological diseases that can’t even be treated by doctors.

On hair:
Licorice root is rich in choline, fat, protein, flavonoid, phytoestrogens, B- complex vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, essential oil, and amines. It is because of such elements and compounds that the root has been found potent in promoting not only the scalp health but also the entire hair. Licorice extracts are also available in tablets and capsules. These tablets and capsules are taken to reduce hair loss and improve hair growth. Hair rinses with licorice root extracts are helpful for treating hair dandruff.

Homemade Remedies for beautiful skin and good hair
If you follow the footsteps of your ancestors you will surely discover that licorice works at its best with homemade remedies.

You can easily make like lighteners at home for flawless skin with the help of licorice extracts. This is done in a very simple manner:

  1. Use chopped cucumbers
  2. Add licorice extracts to it ( not necessarily in equal proportion)
  3. Blend it all together, and a homemade face pack is ready for you to use.
  4. Be careful, this pack/ mask/ paste should only be applied in desired areas not everywhere in the body.

Young women usually go crazy using this remedy as it results in a cleaner, whiter, brighter, and flawless skin.

Licorice root extract used in its natural form as a rinse or shampoo at home results in healthy hair, with good growth and less dandruff.

Licorice as the best herb for internal treatment
Being one of the best medicinal herbs, licorice is used in the treatment of stomach ulcers, Hepatitis B and C. The herb is also useful to bring about recover in fertility among women and it helps in the decrement of cough, thin mucus secretion, and swelling.  It is effective on heartburn, muscle, cramps, etc.

If viewed from the Ayurvedic point of view Licorice works wonders. But wrong combinations used with licorice could result in worsened conditions in patients. Consumption of Licorice with grape juice also might increase the ability of licorice to deplete the potassium content in the body. Therefore, one should be very careful while using the herb as a whole or just its roots.

But as far as it its external use is concerned, licorice can be used on a daily basis on skin to prevent pigmentation and increase hydration in the skin. Regular usage of licorice root extracts can also give you flawless and attractive skin. But as for hair the root extracts of licorice should only be used twice a week as over usage might cause side effects.

Use it, try it, and get the results of your dream. The results benefited would be admired by all around you.


  1. Can I use the licorice sweet to make a paste n smooth it on my face to lighten blemished areas

  2. I have licorice powder so can I just mix the powder with milk and apply on skin

  3. Shaik Shameer says:

    Can I use licorise syrup for jock itch and scrtum litenining

  4. Could you please let me know where i can buy it? In Bangalore,India

  5. Atharva says:

    where can i find licorice extract? its not available in general medical or ayurvedic shop nereby….?

  6. It is called mulethi in hindi

  7. Good evening.
    Thank you so much for this insight.
    I am in Lagos, Nigeria, How can I get licorice?

    • Hey. If you are in nigeria contact mayaorganics. They make body products with stricktly organic products. Ask for their beauty cream because it really works wonders and when i contacted the lady that sells it to tell me what it contains that makes my skin brighter she told me she uses liquorice extract because i just wanted to make sure there wasnt any harmful chemical in it that was making me light because im very particular about that. Ive been reseaching on liquorice ever since then to make sure its safe and organic and it is. I found her on instagram. Her handle is mayaorganics and you can get her number from there. Hope this helps.

  8. Mara Cruiz says:

    Hello Progress, I sell ayurvedic herbs including licorice. Based in Lagos too. You can send me an email to place your order at amarajasmine at

  9. norma green says:

    I have licorice root. Do I rub it on the pigmentation near my hairlines?

  10. Where do we get this powder

  11. Hello,

    Please where can i get unprocessed Licorice roots ?

    Norma green what country did you get the roots from?

  12. pure TURMERIC POWDER is good

  13. I sell pure TURMERIC POWDER
    am in lagos and sango ota
    we also do delivery

  14. can we use licorice powder regularly to get permanent results… i am dark skinned… please tell me

  15. Can licorice root extract be used without any additional ingredients to lighten dark spots on skin? Or should I purchase a licorice root essential oil?

    • I am looking to use a licorice extract to lighten dark spots on back of my hands.So is it better to use licorice extract or licorice root essential oil?.

  16. How to ordet licorice whitening powder?

  17. Can I use this product ?
    Can this is not side effects

  18. Haji Mahmud Faqray Alam says:

    Thanks your Licorice Benefit tips.

    How many percents i can use for skin cream and how many percent for Hair care Oil.


    Haji Mahmud Faqray Alam
    WhatApp 0088-01704744489

  19. Can I use the mask/paste for my sun tanned arms and for my face?

  20. Kavitha s says:

    I have sensitive and oily skin too. Can I use licorice powder as a face pack

  21. How can i buy this plz

  22. Indeed it is a good agent..but I really don’t know why it has been giving me a darker skin day by day..back home and friends told me that I’m getting dark..I’m so disheartened.

  23. How to make licorice root extract. Is it necessary to boil n use it on face…

  24. Hi,

    I have the Licorice powder with me how do i use to for my hairs…
    Please suggest me the ways.

  25. Has Locorice powder really helped anyone with oily dark skin in getting fair ?

  26. Where to get this licorice?
    Do we have facial pack in licorice?
    For hair how to use? Waiting for your reply Thks

  27. Where can I buy licorice powder ???

  28. samiya sarwar says:

    I want to order this licorice powder. Please tell me how can i get this product online by home delivery …

  29. Harnu Herbals says:

    call me for ur licorice powder, coco butter, kojic powder and alpha Arbutin I base in Abuja but we ship product to anywhere in Nigeria

  30. Kris onsing says:

    I want to order!how?

  31. Can I use licorice powder on face cream does it work for whitening face

  32. Jatinder says:

    Thanks for the good information on licorice powder. Can I mix licorice powder in my daily moisturizing cream? Please advise. Jatinder.

  33. Harikaphani says:

    I m 9 month pregnant. .can I use licorice powder for external skin face pack now. ..

  34. Hi, I applied Himalaya Bleminor to my skin 1.5 years ago to lighten hyper-pigmentation.

    I accidentally lightened the skin too much – now this area is lighter than my natural skin tone/surrounding skin.

    Himalaya Bleminor contains licorice & thus glabridin.

    This cream prevents re-pigmentation from the sun/UVB light ..

    How can I remove what’s left of the cream in my skin because I have tried to bring back my colour by using a UVB lamp and only the surrounding area was getting darker ..

    This indicates that the skin in question still has the Licorice/glabridin in the skin ..

    Any help would be great, Many thanks


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