Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract

What is it?

The documented medicinal use of licorice goes back to the beginnings of recorded history. The earliest evidence comes from samples of licorice found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs, including those found in the tomb of King Tut (1343-1325 B.C.). Reference to licorice has also been made on Assyrian tablets dating back to the second or third millennia B.C. and Chinese and eastern cultures have been using licorice extensively in traditional medicine for hundreds of years.

What does it do?

It is reported that  licorice extract has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and breath-freshening properties. The breath freshening properties are due to a reduction in certain chemical end products of bacterial metabolism known as volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). VSCs are foul smelling and are known to be responsible for the offensive odour recognized as bad breath. Our research showed that the addition of licorice root extract lowered the percentage VSC in lab tests and this efficacy was confirmed in human subjects.

How is it made?

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

What are the alternatives?

There are other breath freshening agents, such as cetylpyridinium chloride, but these compounds do not meet the natural standards in our Stewardship Model. However, we do also use zinc compounds in some oral care products as another naturally derived alternative for breath freshening.  Tom's of Maine offers our consumers choices to enjoy the benefits of nature.

Tom's of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.