Licorice tea has been well-known to the people of the Mediterranean and Asia since ancient times but are only now slowly inching their way into the mainstream’s consciousness.
Licorice or glycyrrhiza glabra is a perennial herb indigenous to Greece, Italy, Spain, Syria, Iraq and southern China. The root penetrates deeply into the ground and is the part of the herb that contains an abundance of valuable properties. The root yields a substance known as glycyrrhizin or glycyrrhizic acid which is 50 times as sweet as sugar cane.
Licorice tea is used medicinally. Though the health benefits have yet to be scientifically-verified, there is widespread proof that licorice tea is indeed a beneficial beverage.
Among the widely-observed health benefits are the following:
- Speeds healing of stomach ulcers.
- Aids in soothing viral liver inflammations.
- Fights boils.
- Combats diarrhea.
- Good for treating headaches.
- Overcomes excessive thirst.
- Treats sore throat.
- There is some evidence that licorice tea may help the body fight viruses by encouraging the production of interferon.