Licorice (gan cao) September 11 2014

Licorice is a harmonizer and general tonic in Eastern tradition.  It tones, moisturizes and boosts the qi of the complexion, contributing to a soft, even glow.

Chinese Medicine Properties: tonifying, harmonizing, qi-boosting

SCIENCE

The acid in licorice helps to balance skin pH, and is well-recognized as a skin-brightener, anti-inflammatory and collagen-preserver.

HISTORY
Although it is highly valued as a botanical on its own, one of the main uses for licorice is to harmonize (smooth together) the other herbs in a formula.