We were today years old when we realised that Licorice root tea is one of the most beneficial among all the herbal teas yet the most underrated and unappreciated. Licorice root is one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies and is native to western Asia and southern Europe. This powerful herb comes from the root of the Licorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra). It is also known as Licorice tea or sweet root tea.
For a long time, Licorice has been used to treat various ailments and to make various types of candies drinks, and flavorful medicines but in this blog, we would talk about the benefits of Licorice that is not known to everybody.
Our grandma was always right when she used to offer a soothing cup of ‘kadha’ when you were down with a cold. Chewing on mulethi sticks is an age-old remedy people rely on during cold but Licorice tea has much to offer than just that. In today’s article let’s unveil all that was previously unknown to you!
Not only is the Licorice tea one of the best natural medicine but it also tastes delicious because Licorice contains glycyrrhizin which is a natural sweetener and is 50 times sweeter than sucrose so if you like sweet beverages but are looking for a substitute for sugar, this tea would be something you’d prefer for a sugar-sweetened beverage or you can also add a little Licorice root to your favourite herbal blend. It boasts notes of anise and peppermint.
Let’s dive deeper into the health benefits of Licorice root tea
Soothes cold and cough symptoms-
Licorice is abundant in antibacterial and antiviral compounds that help keep seasonal infections away. This beautiful tea helps with chest congestion, thin mucous that helps to breathe normally. Being rich in anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, it can heal a scratchy throat and all the discomfort that comes along with a cold. It may also aid upper respiratory conditions. Studies have shown that glycyrrhizin extract from the Licorice root can help treat asthma. Although much research is still needed in this domain.
Since the Licorice tea possesses antibacterial properties, it prevents the formation of dental plaque. Licorice tea is good for maintaining dental health, gargling regularly with cool tea would be a great choice. Licorice root tea has been found effective against bacteria that can lead to cavities. A 3-week study revealed that this tea can significantly reduce the number of Streptococcus mutans bacteria, which are the main cause of cavities.
Another study showed that the Licorice root extract is also effective at protecting against bacteria linked to cavities and tooth decay. Licorice root tea also contains flavonoids and coumarins that help to fight bacteria that cause bad breath.
The enzymes present in the tea can stimulate the production of lymphocytes and macrophages. These are responsible to protect the body from microbes, pollutants, allergens. Thus we see that Licorice can do wonders for our immunity.
Don’t worry if your struggling with indigestion, just bring Licorice to your rescue. Drinking this tea could help ease digestion issues and soothe your upset tummy, stomach pain, heartburn, and nausea. Licorice root has active compounds glycyrrhizin and carbenoxolone that are renowned to relieve constipation, stomach discomfort, heartburn, and acidity.
A study revealed that the flavonoids present in the Licorice root extracts could treat stomach discomfort. Helicobacter pylori bacteria is known to cause peptic ulcers in people. Research shows that Licorice extract may help kill the Helicobacter pylori that are associated with the infection.
A clinical trial showed that the addition of the root extract to the standard treatment regimen significantly improved the removal and eradication of the bacteria. Thus, the antibacterial effects of the tea could help prevent the normal digestion from the attack of pathogens.
The tea also possesses antispasmodic effects, which may help relieve gas and bloating. It may also alleviate symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease or acid reflux.
Another study in 58 adults over a period of 2 years showed that the daily use of Licorice root was more effective at reducing symptoms as compared to the commonly used antacids. Hence, the root extract has shown promising results in the treatment of indigestion and other digestion related issues.
Managing blood sugar levels-
We all know how careful diabetics need to be with what they include in their diet according to the American Diabetes Association Licorice root is packed with amorfruitins which is known to possess many anti-inflammatory properties that can help keep diabetes-related conditions in check.
A 60-day study in rats showed that daily intake of root extract resulted in significant improvement in blood sugar levels. However, this effect has not been confirmed in humans. Hence proper research is needed in this field to establish this fact.
Licorice root tea contains antioxidants and other compounds that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Hence, drinking the tea could potentially help to eliminate the free radicals in the body that causes oxidative stress and premature aging. A study has shown that Licorice root extract keeps the microbial activity in check hence cleansing the skin and keeping the bacteria that causes inflammation at bay.
Licorice root contains over 300 compounds with potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Hence, this root extract can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including acne and eczema. A study showed that licorice extract could be considered an effective agent for the treatment of atopic dermatitis.
Apart from the above-mentioned benefits, Licorice root tea is also tied to several other potential benefits like boosting weight loss by reducing body mass index, treating hepatitis C by preventing the spread of the virus, and reducing menopause symptoms.
Although the benefits of Licorice tea are very promising yet there are a few side effects of this tea that should not be ignored. Consuming large doses of the tea should be avoided as it may show adverse effects in people with certain health conditions.
Side effects of Licorice root tea
The side effects of Licorice tea include an increment in the stress hormone, high blood pressure, and muscle weakness. Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and individuals with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, or other health issues are encouraged to avoid high consumption of Licorice products.
Hence chronic and high doses of this tea could be harmful to the body rather than showing positive effects. You need not worry because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed Licorice root to be generally recognized as safe for use in foods. Also, the short-term use of Licorice root teas is widely considered safe and beneficial.
The Licorice tea would effortlessly incorporate itself into your regular diet benefitting you in unimaginable ways!