Liquorice is mainly grown in hot dry climates such as in Southern Europe and Asia. It is derived from the Greek meaning 'sweet root' and man is it sweet! Liquorice contains a therapeutic compound called glcyrrhizin which is responsible for the sweet flavour as well as it's beneficial effects on the body. Some of which include; respiratory conditions (such as asthma and the common cold; due to it's expectorant properties), inflammatory conditions (such as arthritis and gout), viral and fungal infections and liver disorders. Liquorice may also play a role in hormonal balancing due to the adaptogenic properties of glcyrrhizin and has been shown to support adrenal function by increasing the half-life of the stress hormone cortisol, allowing the adrenal glands to rest and restore function.
Liquorice teabags are available at most supermarkets, but to get the full benefit, use the real deal. Also, please be aware that I do not mean go away and eat liquorice sweets and candies, these sweets usually contain sugar/molasses, liquorice extract, and a binder such as flour and/or gelatine.
★ Do NOT use liquorice root if suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure) or if pregnant.
★ Long-term, high-dose use of glcyrrhizin/liquorice root can cause potassium levels in the blood to drop, causing water retention, which in turn can lead to hypertension. Please see a practitioner before using liquorice for chronic conditions.
1 cup water
1 stick of liquorice root
1 cinnamon stick
1. Boil 1 cup of water in a pan.
2. Add the liquorice root and cinnamon stick and leave to steep for 5 minutes.
3. Pass the boiled water through a strainer and into a teapot or mug.
4. Discard the liquorice and cinnamon.