Dry, woody pieces with a spicy, sweet fragrance.
Licorice root is a popular tea ingredient that imparts a sweet taste to loose leaf tea blends. Aside from being tasty, licorice root also has a wealth of health benefits, including reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, and boosting the immune system.
Licorice is a perennial plant in the bean family found in certain parts of Europe and Asia. The plant grows on a spreading root system that consists of fibrous, wood-like parts that branch out horizontally under the ground. The root, sometimes referred to as sweet root, yields a sweetness many times more potent than that of ordinary sugar.
This characteristic is why licorice root is used in making various confections, including the popular rope-like sweet treat. Licorice root is also used to make lozenges, syrups and teas.
– Use to make teas and to flavor liquors, beer and homemade soda. Licorice root may also be added to Asian soups.
– Licorice is used in the food, beverage, fragrance and pharmaceutical industries.
– Check with your physician before using this herb if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma or diabetes. May increase the effects of diuretics and other medicines.
Keep in a cool, dark place in an airtight container.