Licorice Root is a naturally sweet herb. Makes a great herbal ingredient to add a natural anise finish.
Take a look at this blog post about tea treatments for a cold, of which Licorice Root is one. Blogpost: Six Top Tea Methods To Help You Recover From A Cold
Ingredients: Licorice root pieces
Country of Origin: Turkey
Shipping Port: Istanbul
Grade: Grade A
Altitude: Less than 500 ft. above sea level
Manufacture Type: Field grown, sun dried, machine milled (coarse cut)
Cup Characteristics: Sweet character with light medicinal notes and anise-like finish. Excellent blended with Peppermint or Camomile
Infusion: Tending yellow green
Luxury Ingredients: Premium licorice root
Licorice root (Latin: Glycyrrhiza glabara) is known colloquially around the world by various names including Grandfather Herb, The Great Harmonizer and Sweetwood. Although it sounds like these names were developed by hippies who've enjoyed an herb of another variety, there are good sound reasons for their development!
We'll start with Grandfather Herb. The first recorded use of licorice root can be found in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Egyptians believed that in the same way that a grandfather cares for his grandchildren, licorice root eased coughs and other lung related ailments - hence the name. The Egyptians were so fond of the root that when Tutankhamen was entombed, fresh licorice root was placed near his sarcophagus in the great pyramid at Giza.
From Egypt to China and the Great Harmonizer. Traditional Chinese medicine held that a powder made by crushing dried licorice had the power to treat the spleen, liver and kidneys. Ancient practitioners believed that healthy internal organs fostered spiritual and mental harmony, a belief that again resulted in the colloquial name.
From China then to Woodstock and the final name, Sweetwood. OK, we made up the Woodstock part - but all the information we came across did indicate that this name was probably developed by Hippies. This one is pretty straightforward - licorice is a sweetly flavored herb. The sweetness is due to the fact that the root contains up to 14% naturally occurring sugars.
Whichever name you decide to go with, we're quite sure that you'll find that a nice hot cup of brewed licorice will put a smile on your face. Do yourself a favor and try some today. (For a unique twist, try blending Licorice Root with other herbal, black, or green teas, the results are fantastic!)
Hot brewing method: Use 1 heaping teaspoon of licorice root per one cup of water and place this into your teapot (many have successfully used a tea infuser when making herbal tea). Pour boiling water into pot and let it steep for 5-7 minutes. Strain as you pour into your cup and savour one of nature's best offerings!
Cold brewing method (for one pitcher): Put 6 teaspoons into a 5-6 cup tea pot. Pour boiling water into the pot and let it steep for 5-7 minutes. Strain and pour gently into your pitcher. If you wish, you can add ice into the pitcher or pour over ice into a tall glass. For a terrific taste add some honey, cinnamon and slices of half an orange.