As a kid I loved licorice. Still do. In Finland they used to sell it in these really cool rolls. I loved it so much that when we moved to Australia it was the only English word I wanted to learn. As it turns out, I learned the lingua franca quicker than anybody else in the family. It was a bitter blow to my seven year old heart to learn Australia did not do licorice rolls. But there were other kinds …
As it turns out licorice is actually packed full of healing power. Not only does it soothe the inner lining of the digestive tract, it helps to heal any past damage. Mind you, what we’re talking about here is not the confectionery kind of licorice that is packed full of sugar. We talkin’ ’bout the root.
Licorice is the root of a plant called Glycyrrhiza glabra. Native to Europe and Asia, it is considered a weed. Seriously? However, the early Egyptians used it in tea a cure-all. The Chinese consider it an important herb in their medicinal cabinet.
Licorice root is used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn, licorice root extract can speed the repair of stomach lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid.
Go Licorice, you great Anti-Inflammatory Root. Got irritable bowel? Get A-IR on to the job to wage war on the bad bacteria. And while there it will also gently steer you back to a regular routine if you get the gist. .
Adrenals tired? A-IR to the rescue there too to stimulate the cortisol back to healthy levels.
Got zits? Guess what – A-IR is anti-bacterial.
I was right all along. Licorice IS good for you! As much as I like the licorice rolls, I have also discovered that drinking licorice tea is almost as good. You can get it in supermarkets. You can get it in health food stores. You can get it – go!