Liquorice root has a long history of use in Eastern and Western medicine It is one of the most-used herbs in Traditional Chinese medicine. It’s wonderful for soothing a sore throat and dry cough, and is used for heartburn, IBS, ulcers, fatigue, stress and more. It also has adaptogenic qualities which means it helps the body adapt to stress and helps restore balance within the body.
Scientists have identified 300 active compounds in liquorice root. One of the most studied is glycyrrhizin, an antioxidant. The compounds licochalcone-A, glabridin and licocoumarone found in licorice halted the growth of or killed, breast cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia cells. Glycyrrhizin and glycyrrhizic acid also put the brakes on the formation of tumours in skin, colon, liver, uterine and breast cancers.
Licorice root is a mainstay home remedy for women with menstrual cramps and is also believed to help alleviate many of the adverse symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes.
Furthermore, there is some evidence that licorice root may slow the progression of chronic bronchitis associated in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Perhaps most surprisingly, this sweet root could even be a dentist’s dream. Two licorice compounds, licoricidin and licorisoflavan A, have been shown, in lab studies, to kill off 2 major types of cavity-causing bacteria and 3 types of bacteria that fuel gum disease.
How to Prepare Licorice Tea:
To the get the most flavor and benefit from drinking Licorice Tea, we are going to prepare a decoction. Because we are using roots and bark in our tea, the best way to extract all the goodness from these herbs is by simmering it slowly over low heat for about 30-45 minutes. For an even stronger decoction, you could simmer it for 30 minutes and then pour the mixture in a glass jar to infuse overnight. Simply reheat it in the morning or drink it at room temperature.
If you are short on time, you could certainly prepare the licorice tea as you would any other tea by pouring boiling water over the herbs, covering it and letting it steep for 15-30 minutes.
Licorice root is known to interact with some medications. Avoid it if you take:
- blood thinners
- blood pressure medication
- estrogen-based contraceptives
- cholesterol-lowering meds and statins
- nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
If you wondering where to buy Licorice powder in South Africa then we’d love to supply you with either 100g or 1kg dried liquorice root.