Licorice Root

This featured herb, for the Sunday Supplement post, is extremely important as a weapon against the viral explosion we are experiencing. Licorice, a member of the legume family, is native primarily to Europe and Asia. The sweet extract of the licorice root is well known for making a candy with a rich, distinctive flavor. However, did you know that this herb has incredible healing benefits?

According to Anthony William, author of Life Changing Foods, the herpetic viruses, which includes Einstein Barr, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus and shingles, are often behind the group of disorders that the medical community has labeled as “mystery illnesses”. We are told that these illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme Disease, Ménièr’s and Adrenal Fatigue, along with symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, body aches and pains, and nerve pain, and conditions such as Hashimoto’s and rheumatoid arthritis, are all instances of the body attacking itself.

The body does not attack itself…the strains and mutations of the viruses do, which is why we need licorice root. It is a powerful antiviral remedy. Its phytochemicals stop viruses from reproducing and also eliminate them from the body by making it inhospitable to the viruses.

In addition to being a potent antiviral, licorice root helps with low blood pressure, soothes the liver, and rejuvenates overburdened adrenal glands. It also combats infections such as strep throat, and appendix and brain inflammation, and eases the symptoms of sciatica, migraines, depression, digestive disorders, spasms, heart palpitations and pain throughout the body.

Licorice root is a great energy booster. A cup of licorice root tea in the morning can replace a cup of coffee, without adding caffeine.

As a child, I did not care for the taste of licorice, so I avoided the candy or picked through jelly beans to eliminate the strongly flavored ones. So I have been taking licorice root in capsule form, which is tasteless. However, my taste buds have matured, thankfully! No more avoiding this vital herb. I am interested in trying licorice root tea. It can also be taken as an alcohol free tincture.

Try this Cinnamon Licorice Root Tea from the Life Changing Foods book

• 2 tablespoons dried licorice root

• 1 teaspoon orange zest

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves

Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Boil 4 cups of water. For each serving of tea use 1 teaspoon of the blend in 1 cup of hot water. Steep for 5 minutes. Makes 4 cups of tea.

Picture from Life Changing Foods.

I will keep licorice root capsules on hand, so I can add this supplement to my diet daily. But I am looking forward to creating the cinnamon licorice root blend for hot tea as a change of pace. Either way, I appreciate the wonder of licorice root and its amazing healing properties.

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