Updated: Mar 30
Before I started this adventure into the world of tea, I only knew of one type of licorice. And it was red, tasty, and never lasted more than 24 hours. But the reality is licorice is much more than just a candy. Actually, licorice root is an organic, natural plant that is used as a sweetener in some candies. It is also used as a sweetener in several of our teas!
Read below for a brief history on licorice root, health benefits, and which teas we offer that contain this delicious ingredient!
Licorice root has been a commonly used remedy since 2300 B.C. Chinese Emperor Shennong was the first to document this delicious plant, having it described as magical and rejuvenating for ageing men. This delicious root was also found in King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1350 B.C. Licorice as a sweetener is extracted from the roots of Glycyrrhiza Glabra plant as a juice. Mostly grown throughout North Africa, the Middle East and China.
The applications for licorice root go well beyond just Red Vines. Commonly used throughout history as a throat lozenge, it was commonly used to treat a hoarse voice or coughing.
It wasn't until 1872 with Galle & Jessen licorice factory that this root became a popular ingredient for children's candies. And in the 1920's soft licorice strips became popularized thanks to Hogh's Lakrids licorice factory.
Licorice root has been to help increase the recovery time frame for damaged stomach lining. Containing anti-inflammatory and immune boosting properties, a recent study found this root can also suppress the toxic bacteria that grows in our guts improving gut health.
Other studies have discovered licorice root can also improve the symptoms of peptic ulcer disease, heartburn, or gastritis.
Licorice is doctor recommended for treating respiratory problems. This due to the fact that licorice root can assist the body in producing healthy mucus and increasing phlegm production.
While mucus production may seem counterproductive, health mucus in the lungs contributes to a healthy respiratory system by removing old and sticky phlegm that can cause clogging and irritation.
Stress has many negative impacts on our bodies. One of those negative impacts is exhausting the adrenal glands, increasing adrenaline and cortisol. Licorice root provides relief by stimulating the adrenal glands promoting healthy cortisol levels.
A recent study has found that licorice root and possibly aid treatment's of breast and prostrate cancer. While licorice root is not FDA approved for treating cancer, the significance of the study has been promising enough for the American Cancer Society to continue researching this plant and its effects on cancer treatments.
Skin & Teeth Health
Licorice is a common ingredient in topical creams intended for treating eczema. Due to its antibacterial properties, licorice root is a common additive for dermatological treatment, as well as for tooth decay remedies to kill bacteria.
Licorice root is an ancient treat, enjoyed by many for its delicious taste, and healing qualities. Much is still to learn about the licorice root, but its effects as a sweetener are widely documented, and enough science has discovered its healing qualities for research to continue.
Check out our teas containing Licorice Root!