Get to Know Licorice Root
The licorice plant is related to simple beans and peas, but it is so much more. This famous healing herb, native to southern Europe and parts of Asia, has a diverse array of traditional uses in both Eastern and Western medicine. Traditionally used to support liver health, digestion, immune function and the respiratory system, licorice root is a major herb in all three major world herbal systems: Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western herbalism.
Chinese Medicine lauds licorice as a base for multiple herb formulas, and in fact, licorice is the most commonly used herb in the Chinese Medicine system. It is considered to be neutral in energy, rather than warming, as are many other Chinese tonics, so it is used to provide balance.
In both Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, licorice can help to support the effect of other herbs in a blend and to focus the purpose of the direction of ingredients.
Pulling double duty in the tea world, glycyrrhizin, the active ingredient in licorice, is roughly 50 times sweeter than sugar, hence it being renowned for its naturally sweet taste.
Licorice root may occasionally increase blood pressure in susceptible people, so those with a history of hypertension should avoid this herb. For specific questions about licorice and your overall health, please consult your health care provider as they are best suited to make a recommendation in light of your personal medical profile.*
Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa