Licorice root tea is made from the roots of the licorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra). This plant is commonly used to sweeten candies and is a thriving medicinal herb in the alternative medicine world.
This old world remedy has been a staple in TCM, Greek and Middle Eastern medicine for thousands of years and has a long history of use as an herbal tea. Licorice Root Tea has a uniquely delicious flavor, pairing it's sweetness with notes of wood, fennel and earthiness.
What is in Licorice Root?
Licorice Root contains a plant compound called Glycyrrhizin which is responsible for the root's sweet taste as well as its medicinal properties. This compound gives the root its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
What is Licorice Root good for?
Famously, Licorice root is known for its digestive aid properties. Most notably, it is used for its ability to soothe symptoms associated with nausea and digestive upset, heartburn and acid reflux. It's antispasmodic properties can help soothe involuntary muscle spasms thus reducing cramping and pain. If you know anyone with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), this may be a great alternative application to soothe symptoms! One study noted that the daily use of licorice root was more effective and reducing GERD symptoms over a two year time span than the regular use of antacids.
Licorice Root tea is also one of the best teas you can drink when suffering from the common cold. It's antibacterial properties may help the immune system fight off bacteria before an infection has the chance to occur. The sweetness of this root tea has a way of perfectly coating the throat, providing relief from a scratchy, irritated throat or a persistent cough.
Licorice root is also a histamine liberator which means it triggers the release of the body's existing histamine. This is noteworthy because it makes for a great allergy relief tool by loosening up mucus and making for easier breathing.
While the plant may offer several health benefits, there are also some risks associated with it's long term use. Licorice root should always be consumed in moderation and always speak to your primary care provider before introducing herbs into your secondary care program. Licorice root use in abundance can create an abnormal accumulation of glycyrrhizin in the body which can attribute to symptoms such as high blood pressure and low potassium levels. Pregnant women should avoid the use of licorice use for the duration of their pregnancy as it may have a negative impact on baby's brain development.
-Palm Beach Herbal Tea Company