Licorice tea has been around for thousands of years.
The licorice root and licorice herb have many healing properties and it is a common herb used in herbal medicine and holistic healing.
The licorice plant is native to warm and subtropical regions. It is very popular and widely grown in China, the Middle East Regions, parts of Africa, India and through out areas of Europe. It is not as widely grown in North America due to the less favorable climate.
There are reports of licorice herb being used for many treatments in ancient Egypt as well as being made into licorice water, a sweet beverage or tonic.
The licorice plant enjoys being placed in a sunny, well drained soil. The licorice root system is very large, and the woody licorice root has a pale yellow inner flesh that is stringy in nature. This is the part of the plant used for medicinal purposes.
The licorice plant does not like to be in soggy earth, so raise the bed to allow the roots to be kept from becoming water logged if you are planting in a wet area of the garden. The licorice plant will tolerate some frost and is quite fast growing, reaching up to 3 feet in height. It goes dormant in winter.
The licorice root is easily harvested by digging and cutting the roots and allowing them to dry.
Licorice Tea Recipe
To make licorice tea, a great health tea, the licorice recipe is simple:
1 teaspoon licorice root powder
8 ounces boiling water
Steep the licorice root or licorice root powder for 4-7 minutes. Reheat the tea if neccessary and enjoy.
Licorice root and licorice root powder have many benefits. Licorice is an old stand by for treating bronchial infections, the common cough and the common cold.
It is also an effective menopause herb and you will find it as an ingredient in many menopause teas. One research report stated that when oestrogen levels are too high during menopause, licorice will inhibit oestrogen production in the body, and when oestrogen are too low, it will stimulate the production of oestrogen. This action will greatly reduce the symptoms associated with menopause.
Natural licorice is also a diuretic and can supress hunger. It is sweet in flavor, and has been used to stave off hunger in the past.
Licorice Side Effects & Cautions
Natural licorice should not be consumed by pregnant women or those suffering from heart disease, kidney trouble, or those with high blood pressure.
As with any herbal treatment, seek medical advice prior to introducing licorice herb into your diet.
Natural Licorice & Organic Licorice
We recommend that you purchase licorice root and licorice root powder from Mountain Rose Herbs. All of their licorice root products are certified organic and you can buy small to large quantities. Large quantities of organic licorice are available with a 40% discount. To buy licorice, just follow their banner link below.
There are also several commercial made licorice herb & licorice root teas on the market. Here are some of the most popular.
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