Most of us know of licorice as the distinctive black candy with the unique love-it-or-hate-it flavor. What may be less known is its rich history as an herb with countless beneficial roles.
Dioscorides, an ancient herbal physician, is credited with originally giving Licorice its botanical name. (Greek glukos meant sweet and riza means root). When Dioscorides accompanied the army of Alexander the Great, he instructed the troops to carry and chew Licorice root in order to relieve their thirst and to give them endurance during long marches. He also references that it was beneficial for stomach problems and throat troubles.
During the Middle Ages, Licorice was commonly taken to alleviate the bad effects of fatty and oft-contaminated meats. Dominican friars brought licorice to England via the Yorkshire Dales around the 15th century, where it became famous as an ingredient in Pontefract cakes.
In Turner’s herbal it's shared that the planting and growing of licorice in England began about the first year of Queen Elizabeth, which was in 1558. The ancient herbalist Culpepper stated, “It is planted in fields and gardens, in divers places of this land and therefore good profit is made.” Southern Europeans drank large amounts of Licorice water (tea) because they believed it to be a blood purifier.
The English first introduced licorice to the American Indians. John Josselyn from Boston in the sixteenth century lists Licorice as one of the “precious herbs” he brought over from England. He would brew a beer for the Indians when they had a bad cold.
Cough Calm 1 tablespoon Licorice root 8 oz boiling water
Steep licorice root and water together for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink while warm.
Note: Licorice Root can potentially interact with medications. Please check with your healthcare practitioner or herbalist before using licorice if you are have been diagnosed with a medical condition or are taking medication.
Pregnancy/Lactation: Licorice Root is NOT considered appropriate for use in pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Due to the Beeyoutiful's Herbs and Bulk Foods being organic or wildcrafted, there is a slight chance that there could be some naturally occurring bugs. Beeyoutiful takes precautions on our end to minimize the chances, but we do suggest that you store them in a cold area - possibly the freezer - in an air tight container.