For over 5000 years, Licorice Root tea has been used as an remedy for numerous ailments. Originating from the Mediterranean and the Middle East, it was also widely used by China being called the 'Great Detoxifier' and in India within the Ayurvedic system. Some call it the 'Grandfather of Herbs'.
Licorice Root contains Glycyrrhizin, which can help with depression and nervousness. Glycyrrhizin aids in the function of the adrenal glands, which in turn controls stress hormones like cortisol. Glycyrrhizin can also help increase energy and reduce symptoms caused by chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromylagia.
Cortisol is also known to help decrease inflammation, help one respond to stress and help balance the effect of insulin in regulating the blood sugar level.
Glycyrrhizin can help reduce irritation and inflammation in the respiratory tract, soothe a sore throat, ease congestion and is useful with asthma and chest infections.
Licorice root is also an antioxidant and phytoestrogenic and is believed to be helpful with menopausal women aiding in hot flashes, fatigue and mood swings.
PMS and Menstrual Cramps
Licorice can affect estrogen metabolism. When estrogen levels are too high, licorice can help bring them down and vis-versa. It is often recommended to have two cups of tea a day, two weeks prior to menstruation to aid PMS symptoms. After 2 to 3 months, the cycle should improve and you may stop drinking licorice tea (for this purpose).
Sore Throat and Cough
Most commonly, Licorice Root is known to be anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and have anti-allergic properties. Due to these properties, it has been used as a remedy for arthritis, heartburn, indigestion, asthma, depression, sore throats, congestion and even as a mild laxative.
Long Term Usage
It is not recommended to take licorice root daily for extended periods. Licorice Root may cause hypertension, cataracts and fluid retention (excess salt). It is not recommended for people with heart conditions or during pregnancy.
If you are taking any medication, have untreated high blood pressure or are pregnant you should first consult a physician or other medical professional before consuming Licorice Root Tea.