Licorice, also called sweet root, is a member of the pea family and due to the presence of glycyrrhizic acid, it is 30 to 50 times sweeter than table sugar. With its strong flavor similar to fennel or anise, licorice root is one of the most widely used herbs worldwide and lends its flavor to simple syrups and many types of beverages, including teas. Aside from its use in making candies and lozenges, it is also used in baked goods and sweet and savory dishes.
The whole sticks and slices may be chewed straight, traditionally they would have been used as toothbrushes. Licorice root is the single most used herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine today because of its ability to increase the effectiveness of other herbs making it more valuable than just as a sweetening agent. This adaptogen herb is so complex that researchers have isolated 134 different compounds with flavonoids being one of them. Licorice is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which is said to aid with adrenal fatigue, coughs and colds, gastrointestinal issues, and female reproductive issues and that is just a few indications for licorice root.
Dried Root / Cut & Sifted
TISANE "HERBAL" TEA BREW TIMES:
Ground tisane teas and tea bags - Steep 2 to 5 minutes
Loose leaf tisane teas - Steep 3-5 minutes
Root and seed-based tisane teas - Steep 6-8 minutes
*Steep in newly boiling water (212ºF) to best release the health benefits.
Caramelized Carrot & Licorice Root Soup
Filled Beets with Fruit Sauce
Homemade Root Beer
Licorice Root and Malt Beer Beef Stew
Rack of Lamb with Artichokes, Purple Potatoes & Licorice
Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Not for use in persons with hypertension, liver disorders, edema, severe kidney insufficiency, low blood potassium, or heart disease.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets.
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