Okay, so the subject of licorice is VERY black (pardon the pun) and white.
You either love the stuff or you don't love it at all.
The reason why I am writing on this very pressing matter today is
1 - it has been somewhat of a design inspiration behind our winter womenswear range (watch this space!)
2- because I have discovered licorice root tea in a BIG way.
Liquorice or licorice is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra from which a somewhat sweet flavour can be extracted. The liquorice plant is a legume that is native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. It is not botanically related to anise, star anise or fennel, which are sources of similar flavouring compounds.
Of all herbal teas, licorice tea is one of the most beneficial yet under-appreciated. Here are 10 of the benefits of licorice tea as reported by herbalists and natural therapists:
Licorice tea has anti-inflammatory properties that may ease the pain of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases
Licorice is an expectorant and can be of benefit in treating bronchial disorders.
As a mild laxative, licorice tea releaves constipation
Licorice tea helps protect the stomach lining and is recommended for use for those who use medications that may damage the mucous membrane in the stomach ( do ask your health care provider before taking licorice tea with other medications. It can inhibit the effectiveness of some and may cause an adverse reaction )
Studies have shown that licorice helps the liver neutralise toxins and can be beneficial in treating liver disorders such as hepatitis
Licorice tea has anti-spasmodic properties
Licorice is often recommended by herbalists as a substitute for St. Johns Wort as a treatment for depression
It is reported to significantly ease pre-menstrual tension (PMS)
Licorice tea is used to treat low blood pressure
Licorice is believed to fight the formation of plaque in blood vessels and may help prevent heart disease
Need I say more?! Licorice tea is widely availableand has a beautiful, sweet aftertaste. The good people at T2 do a lovely blend called, licorice legs, which I can highly recommend.
Get your licorice tea drinking on!
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