Whole licorice root is an intense, bitter herb that can be used medicinally or to add complex flavor to meals and sweets. Licorice root is the single most popular herb in Chinese medicine. It can be used to flavor liquids in the process of making tea or homemade candies.
Note: Those who are pregnant or have liver or hypertension complications should only consume licorice root and licorice root infusions under a doctor’s consultation.
Other Uses For Whole Licorice Root
- The ancient Egyptians used licorice root to make a special beverage called Mai-sus which was found in King Tut’s tomb.
- Over 5,000 Chinese and Eastern medicine concoctions include licorice root to alleviate a wide range of conditions.
- Western uses for licorice root have included flavoring tobacco and beer or as a breath freshener.