18 Mar Licorice Tea
The winter and spring are seasons with cold and damp weather. Our bodies assimilate these external qualities and it can create congestion, mucus buildup and phlegm. When the lymphatic system gets congested, it can lead to sore throats, runny noses, respiratory infections and the flu. But you can keep things clear with the help of some licorice tea.
Licorice is anti-inflammatory and clears mucus. It can soothe a sore throat and is beneficial for treating the common cold. Drink one to two cups a day when you are experiencing congestion or a sore throat.
Makes 1 cup
½ teaspoon licorice powder
1 cup boiled water
Combine the licorice powder with the boiled water and let steep for 5 minutes.
• Some people have allergies to licorice. If you get itchy or develop a rash, DISCONTINUE immediately.
• Excess intake of licorice may have a negative effect on potassium levels in the body. A high salt diet may exacerbate adverse effects of licorice including water retention and hypertension. Licorice should be avoided if you have high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, are pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Licorice may increase the effects of corticosteroids, cause sodium and water retention and increase blood pressure, increase the effect of digitalis preparations, alter the effect of estrogens/progesterone, and decrease the effect of anti-hypertensive medications.
• Do not take licorice when using warfarin, or other blood-thinning medications, or diuretics.
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