Stressed at work? Feeling like your digestion and gut health is also not what it used to be? The answer is take a moment with a nice hot therapeutic cup Licorice root tea to melt away your stress and improve your digestion. It is part of my must have self-care rituals during the day.
Let me paint a picture of my love of tea. For anyone who knows me from my corporate jobs, will vouch that I always nurse a cup of hot tea. Sometimes for the warmth (those air-conditioned office spaces), sometimes for caffeine and almost always for mental comfort. Tea has always provided me with permission to take a moment and zone out, much more than coffee. I love drinking teas that smell of roses (literally), anise-y, or earthy like matcha. There’s definitely an aroma therapy element to a good cup of herbal tea that I love to carry all day from meeting to meeting. My tea drawer at home and at work includes a variety of teas including mint, green tea with rose, nettle (for allergies), greens, oolongs, and Licorice root tea.
Brief History of Licorice
Licorice root has been used for thousands of years in many cultures, particularly Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine, for its medicinal purposes. In fact, ancient clay tablets discovered by archaeologists near Baghdad describe how Licorice root was used to treat royalty seven centuries before Christ. This herb was also found in the recently opened tomb of King Tut. Fascinating!
Endless Benefits of Licorice Tea
So many of us learn to live with poor digestion or rely on medicine to help us. Give Licorice root tea a try. Taking a moment out during your day, and sipping on Licorice root tea might just be the healthy ritual you need. It also helps with stress due as it acts like an adaptogen and can stimulate the adrenal gland, which promotes a healthy level of cortisol in the body. (For more on its effects on cortisol in the body, click here). Make sure to drink it regularly to see it’s gut improving and anti-stress benefits building over time.
Note: Remember, that most herbs are not as potent as medicine, and therefore their effects take some time to build before you can see the benefits.
Some key benefits of licorice tea
- Improves digestion. For additional in-depth tips on how to get rid of bloating and improving your digestion, click here.
- Repairs gut lining (leaky gut)
- Helps with heart burn
- Is an anti-stress herb known to increase energy, endurance and vitality, and act as a mild tonic. For additional tips, see the post on Simple Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety here.
- Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial
- May help with skin conditions such as eczema
- Relieves for sore throat
- Is effective in certain viral infections including herpes
Where to Buy?
You can buy fresh licorice roots or dried. Here’s a link to high quality organic Licorice Root Tea you can get online. Just steep dried Licorice root or tea bag hot water, and drink away your stress and digestion discomforts.
Oh, and, licorice root is not the same as licorice candy (which contains sugar). Although licorice candy does include real licorice extract