What do you think about when you hear the word licorice? The red or black candy. Right?
To clarify the perception that you might have about licorice, the flavor of black licorice is anise. Red licorice is well; I am not sure what the actual taste would be.
In eastern medicine, licorice root is used to sweeten bitter herbs and increase their therapeutic properties. Licorice root is an expectorant and demulcent, which helps our bodies remove accumulated mucus and congestion without irritating the mucus membranes.
We use licorice root to increase medicinal benefits and add a touch of sweetness and smoothness to our teas.
More to love about licorice!
~aids in the removal of mucus and congestion from our body
~moistens and coats damaged and irritated mucus membranes
~is a potent anti-inflammatory
~promotes lung health
~soothes a sore or irritated throat
~strengthen the adrenals and nourish our tissues
~treats ailments like heartburn, acid reflux, hot flashes, coughs, skin conditions, and bacterial and viral infections
NOTE **Western medicine often uses the extract of licorice root, Glycyrrhizin, to create a more potent product. Although this logically seems like a better option, it can create a product that is not as safe. Information about licorice’s side effects is usually based on the extract, not the whole licorice root.