LIQUORICE ROOT TEA: MEANING, HEALTH BENEFITS AND RECIPE
If you are tempting for something sweet, but desserts are just too high calories, then we have a super clue for you – liquorice root tea.
Since it is fifty times sweeter than sugar, one warm cup of liquorice tea will naturally calm your sweet cravings and you even don’t have to think about caffeine content as it is naturally caffeine-free.
What is Liquorice Root?
It has small light blue to purple flowers and wonderful long seedpods, but you may not see these unless you live in a warm climate.
It has pointed, oval-shaped, green leaves that grow in pairs along the stems. It is native to southern Europe, Asia, and northern Africa.
The name Glycyrrhiza comes from the Greek words glucose, meaning sweet, and Riza, meaning root. It contains a compound called glycyrrhizin that is fifty times sweeter than sugar, hence why this plant is sometimes called sweet root.
Health Benefits of Liquorice Root Tea
There are believed to be so many medicinal benefits of liquorice that it is hard to know where to begin.
1) Liquorice is an anti-inflammatory and may help with stomach, urinary, and intestinal problems, as well as heartburn and acid reflux.
2)It is good for mouth and stomach ulcers and helps reduce the pain of sore throats, which is why it is often made into lozenges.
3) It is believed to help clean the liver by removing toxins from the body, and it may help lower cholesterol.
4) Liquorice root tea may also help to reduce stress and relieve depression.
5) The tea is also drunk to normalize female hormone balance. Along the same lines, liquorice is also posited to promote fertility in both males and females.
6) Liquorice has been taken medicinally for thousands of years. The Greeks used it to treat asthma and Alexander the Great gave it to his troops to chew on long marches, to quench their thirst and improve their endurance.
Precautions While Drinking Liquorice Tea
1) Too much liquorice may raise your blood pressure and cause headaches, so as with all the teas, consume in moderation.
2) It is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding because overuse of tea by pregnant women may lead to miscarriage.
3) Drinking too much liquorice tea can lead to sodium build-up in the body, which may cause ankles and face to swell and raise blood pressure.
How to Make Liquorice Root Tea?
1) 1½ cup of boiled water
2) 1 teaspoon of liquorice root tea
1) Place two pinches or 1 teaspoon of dried liquorice root and 1½ cups of water in a small saucepan, cover, and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes.
2) Strain the liquid through a sieve or a tea strainer into a teacup. Serve hot.
It is a lovely deep orange color with a mild liquorice flavour. The sweet, fresh green taste reminds me it is related to the pea, but it also tastes rather like noodles!
It has a wonderful calming effect on the body and a slight cooling effect in your mouth. You should reuse the root to make another infusion.
Try infusing liquorice with ginger for a cold- and flu-defence tea. Make an infusion as before, using a pinch of fresh or dried ginger and a pinch of liquorice root. This is a strong tea with a real zing to it.