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.*

Be well!

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


  • April Crabtree says:

    The yogi teas that I have tried so far, I simply love! I’ve only just discovered yogi tea about a month ago, thank you!

  • Cindy Gardner says:

    Newly diagnosed with diabetes I’ve mourned sweet tea. A friend shared Yogi Throat Comfort with me explaining the licorice root makes it taste sweet. I love this brew hot or cold! I no longer have to try and choke down artifical sweetners it satisfies any longing for sugar. Any suggestions for other naturally sweet flavors?

  • Yogi says:

    Hi Cindy! We’re happy to hear how much you enjoy our Throat Comfort tea. We currently have 60 delicious varieties of herbal, green and black teas, each formulated with a unique flavor and purpose in mind. To view a list of our sweeter tasting teas, we welcome you to visit the Discover Your Perfect Tea feature on our website. Simply select ‘Sweet’ from the Flavor drop down box to be provided with a list of Yogi teas in the category.

    Here at Yogi, we take a conservative stand when it comes to individual health, especially with regard to specific medical conditions such as diabetes. In light of your condition and given that every individual responds uniquely to particular herbs and botanicals, we strongly recommend you consult your qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have about your individual health and the consumption of Yogi teas. He or she is best suited to identify any substances to which you may be uniquely sensitive, and to make a recommendation in light of your personal medical profile.

    Thank you & Be well!

  • deborah conner says:

    How much glycyrrhizin is there in one cup brewed 7 minutes?

  • Becca Lesser says:

    Hi there Deborah!

    Thanks so much for reaching out. Here at Yogi, we use unrefined organic licorice root in all of our teas that has not been deglycerized. Although glycyrrhizic acid is naturally occurring in licorice root, we do not measure for glycyrrhizic acid levels in our teas.

    Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

    Thank you, and be well!

  • Laura says:

    Hi there,
    I have replaced coffee with Egyptian Licorice tea. I usually drink at least one cup a day. Why does the label say not to drink beyond 4-6 weeks? Im loving it!
    Thank you

  • Becca Lesser says:

    Hi There, Laura! Thanks so much for your question – we’re thrilled to hear that you’re enjoying our Egyptian Licorice tea, and are happy to provide you with some more information.

    Yogi Egyptian Licorice carries a warning because it contains Organic Licorice Root. Licorice root has been safely consumed for thousands of years and is still widely consumed throughout the world as a beverage and medicinal tea. However, according to the American Herbal Products Association’s Botanical Safety Handbook (an authoritative text referenced by the FDA), when consumed in high doses, Licorice Root is contraindicated for pregnancy, nursing, and for those taking medication or who have a medical condition. Therefore, although our teas contain less Licorice Root than what would be considered a high dose, we have chosen to take a conservative approach regarding the labeling of our Egyptian Licorice tea. Specifically, according to the Botanical Safety Handbook, a standard dose of Licorice Root would be 1,000-5,000 mg 3 times per day, up to 6 weeks. Yogi Egyptian Licorice tea contains 1,110 mg of Licorice Root per serving (per tea bag). Based on this, you would have to consume 14 cups or more per day for over 6 weeks to be outside of what they consider the normal range.

    At Yogi, we take a conservative approach to individual health. In light of this warning, we recommend that you consult your healthcare provider with any specific questions you may have regarding the consumption of Licorice Root and our Egyptian Licorice tea. She or he is best suited to address your concerns and identify any substances to which you may be uniquely sensitive, such as Licorice Root.

    We hope you find this information helpful! Please feel free to let us know if you have any additional questions.

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