Licorice can be used to combat the seemingly unrelenting symptoms of dysmenorrhea and other gynecologic issues.
Licorice contains glycyrrhizin and glyrrhetinic acid which suppress the breakdown of progesterone which were shown to effectively reduce the symptoms of dysmenorrhea as well as PMS (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012).
A word of caution before anyone runs off to get tons of licorice. Licorice should be avoided if you have high blood pressure. Licorice will actually make your blood pressure higher so for this one (and all of the other suggestions made in this blog) you should seriously consider talking to your doctor about adding licorice to your diet. If you already know that you have high blood pressure just skip this remedy altogether.
My favorite way to consume licorice root is through drinking licorice tea. Here’s a link to my favorite brand of licorice & mint tea:
Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (2012). Textbook of natural medicine. Paradise Valley: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.