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Licorice root has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide range of ailments, including digestive problems, sore throats, skin issues, and even depression. It is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and is believed to help support the immune system. It can also be used to sweeten food and beverages without using sugar.



1. Anti-inflammatory: Licorice root has been used for centuries to treat inflammation, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract.

2. Antioxidant: Licorice root contains a compound called glabridin, which is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.

3. Immune system support: Licorice root is known to have anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties, and is believed to help support the immune system.



  • While licorice root is believed to have potential benefits for the digestive system and to relieve inflammation, it can also cause high blood pressure, fluid retention, and low potassium levels in some people, particularly when consumed in large amounts or for prolonged periods.

  • The root is sometimes used to reduce coughing and sore throat, but it can also have immunostimulatory effects, which can exacerbate certain respiratory conditions.

  • Licorice root can interact with certain medications, including blood thinners, medications for heart conditions, and medications for diabetes, and should not be used by people taking these medications without first consulting a healthcare provider.

  • The use of licorice root has not been extensively studied, and there may be other potential contradictions or side effects that are not yet known.


Tastes Like:

Licorice root has a sweet, slightly bitter taste. It has a distinct anise-like flavor, with notes of fennel and star anise.



The best way to prepare licorice root is to make a tea. Boil 1 cup of water and add 1 teaspoon of dried licorice root. Allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes, then strain and enjoy. You can also add a bit of honey or lemon juice to sweeten the tea, or drink it plain.

Licorice Root (Gan Cao)

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