Of all the herbal teas, liquorice tea is arguably one of the most beneficial yet under-appreciated.
Not only is it almost universally believed to be one of nature's best medicines, it tastes delicious!
If you like sweet beverages, but want to wean yourself off sugar, substitute a cup of liquorice tea for a sugar-sweetened beverage.
Here are 10 of the benefits of liquorice tea as reported by herbalists and other natural therapists:
- A mild laxative, liquorice tea can relieve constipation.
- liquorice tea has anti-inflammatory properties that may ease the pain of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
- It helps protect the stomach lining and is recommended for use for those who use medications that may damage the mucous membrane in the stomach. Ask your health care provider before taking liquorice tea with other medications. It can inhibit the effectiveness of some and may cause an adverse reaction
- liquorice is an expectorant and can be of benefit in treating bronchial disorders.
- Studies have shown that liquorice helps the liver neutralise toxins and can be beneficial in treating liver disorders such as hepatitis.
- liquorice tea is reported to have anti-spasmodic properties.
- liquorice is often recommended by herbalists as a substitute for St. Johns Wort as a treatment for depression.
- It is reported to significantly ease pre-menstrual tension (PMS).
- liquorice tea is used to treat low blood pressure.
- liquorice is believed to fight the formation of plaque in blood vessels and may help prevent heart disease.