Be cautious not to exceed safe licorice intake. See our post on the health benefits of Licorice Root to learn more about licorice and its medicinal uses. Traditional German Medicine also recommends caution using licorice remedies, specifically to limit medicinal teas containing licorice to no more than 4 consecutive weeks.
(1) Basic Licorice Tea
Combine 1/2 Tablespoon of fresh cut licorice root with 1 cup of cold water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and allow the combination to steep for 3-5 minutes. This traditional mixture is recommended for stomach ailments, and respiratory ailments like bronchitis. Take up to 3 – 5 times daily, drinking one cup per sitting.
(2) Licorice Tea for Your Liver
Licorice tea may also be consumed to help strengthen the liver. Combine artichoke leaves with milk thistle seeds, yarrow, fennel seeds, licorice root, and peppermint leaves. Mortar the mixture until well blended into granules. Combine 1 teaspoon of the mixture and with 1 cup of hot water. Allow 7 minutes to steep before drinking. Drink up to 2 – 3 cups daily.
(3) Licorice Tea for Cramping
We now know licorice possesses anti-inflammatory properties and promotes relaxation. The main active ingredient, Glycyrrhizin is primarily responsible for the sweet flavor, and the health benefits of licorice root. When used in combination with some other Hildegard herbs, this licorice tea helps soothe and resolve cramping. Combine 20 grams of licorice root, 20 grams of chamomile blossoms, 5 grams of peppermint, with 5 grams of lemon balm leaves, grind and mix. Boil 1 teaspoon of the herbal mixture with a quart of water, and allow 5 minutes to steep before drinking.