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Lick, Lick, Lick, Lick--Liquorice!



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Did you know that the other day was National Liquorice Day?


I didn’t know that, either.


I also don’t know why the British spelling uses a “qu” while we Americans favor/favour a “c”.


I tried to change my phone keyboard to match the country I live in—but I really prefer the 24-hour clock, so I seem to be stuck with flavours, colours, anaesthesia, orthopaedics—and liquorice when I compose on my phone.


Quaint and quirky, I’ll go with it, because…


However we spell it, liquorice is a potent healing herb. The root is powerful for respiratory infections, as well as digestive issues. It soothes coughs, fevers, sore throats, and reduces indigestion, reflux, and ulcers—to name a few of its beneficial properties.


Wow.


Isn’t it amazing to consider that? Humble liquorice.


Respect the stuff—yes, even the candy made with actual liquorice may be powerful.


Depending upon how much—and if—actual extract is inside the candy can support us—especially if we are eating it without a ton of sugar.


Not the red stuff though. Definitely not the cherry- or strawberry-flavoured red stuff. The red stuff is not actually liquorice, is it? Just straight up candy.


I definitely have never, ever enjoyed playing with—and eating—those strands of red we called liquorice, even as a kid. Nope.


Not talking about that.


What we’re talking about here is the extract of the root and the root itself—not the ubiquitous black and gummy candy. We’re talking about the synergy between the various components of the real-deal-from-the-root stuff—again, not the flavours in the candy.


And what other miracles might this wonder-root work?


Liquorice can:

● Support the healing of “leaky gut” and stomach ulcers

● Reduce heartburn, reflux, indigestion

● Ease canker sores and sore throats (nice for surgery-induced ones)


● Support blood sugar balance

● Support menstrual health—both pre-menstrual and menopausal

● Defeat hepatitis C, Epstein-Barr, shingles, candida overgrowth

● Relieve eczema when applied topically

● Help us take on cancer and food poisoning


Basically, liquorice has antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory qualities. It is a

powerhouse.


And it’s tasty.


I am personally not a fan of black liquorice as a candy, but as part of an herbal concoction and steeped as a tea—it is most pleasant. Sweet without adding sugar and very satisfying.


● Did I tell you it can help with weight loss?


As I said, Wow. Impressive benefits, right?


It must have a downside, right?


Well, as a matter of fact, we do get to be mindful of how much we are taking in. Too much liquorice can elevate blood pressure, cause pre-term labour, add to heart problems. Like I said—respect the stuff.


How much is too much? Talk to your healthcare provider, of course, but generally-speaking we can handle 6-10 grams per day. Apparently most supplements have about 1 gram per serving.


Best to use it for a couple of weeks on, a couple of weeks off so we can watch how our bodies respond—and if we notice swelling we definitely need to hit pause.


If we are concerned about these downsides we can source liquorice which has had most

of the main “bad guy” removed: look for DGL liquorice.


“Deglycyrrhizination” reduces the possible side effects while also, yes, somewhat

reducing the potency of the remedy—but, hey, better safe than sorry? Either way, it’s

grand to have a choice.


We can find this stuff in supplement form—lozenges are great for digestive and mouth

challenges—as well as in tinctures and teas.


So, try it and, if you do, let me know what you think.


And, Happy National Liquorice Day, y’all.



Sources:

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/licorice-root


https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/licorice-root#uses

https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/dangers-black-licorice-6754.html

https://www.ndtv.com/food/diabetes-management-heres-how-you-can-use-licorice-mulethi-to-

manage-diabetes-1995942

https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/scientific-reasons-why-i-hate-black-licorice-fennel-anise-

article

https://www.organicfacts.net/licorice.html

https://draxe.com/nutrition/licorice-root/

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