7 Licorice Root Tea Benefits for Health and Wellness

Licorice root is a popular tea ingredient that imparts a sweet taste to loose leaf tea blends. Aside from being tasty, licorice root also has a wealth of health benefits, including reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, and boosting the immune system. We’ll cover the benefits of licorice root tea, along with licorice root blends worth considering.

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1. Helps with digestion

Licorice root tea can be a tasty tea to help with digestion, making it the perfect after-dinner tea when you’re looking for something to soothe your stomach and sate your sweet tooth. Licorice has been shown to help ease the symptoms of digestive problems and promote good digestive health.

2. Contains anti-inflammatory properties

If you’re looking for an anti-inflammatory tea, licorice root tea is a good option. Studies have shown that licorice root may help to reduce inflammation. Licorice root is naturally sweet, which makes it a popular addition to herbal tea blends. Licorice also helps to balance out strong flavors like ginger and turmeric, adding a subtle sweetness to these teas.

3. Wards off colds

Licorice has been used in Chinese herbal medicine for centuries, and has been shown to have powerful cold-fighting benefits. This herbal ingredient has antiviral and antimicrobial properties, and can help to soothe the symptoms of a cold and prevent further illness.

4. Boosts immune system

In the same way that they ward off colds, licorice root’s antiviral and antimicrobial properties can also help to boost your immune system and keep you from getting sick. Licorice root tea won’t prevent major illnesses, but it can be a great way to give your immune system a little boost during cold and flu season.

5. Soothes upset stomachs

If you’re suffering from nausea or an upset stomach, a cup of licorice root tea can help. Studies have shown that licorice root can help to ease nausea symptoms and settle your stomach. Licorice root is often included along with other nausea-fighting herbs like ginger and peppermint in tea blends.

6. Good for your teeth

Did you know that licorice root can also be good for your teeth? Studies indicate that licorice root’s anti-inflammatory, anti-adhesive, anti-microbial properties can help to improve your oral hygiene and demonstrate beneficial effects against issues like cavities and gingivitis.

7. Soothes sore throats

Licorice root contains antiviral and antimicrobial properties that help to protect against disease and ward off sore throats. Plus, licorice root tea blends are warm and soothing, and tend to go well with honey, making these teas a great choice if your throat is feeling a little scratchy or sensitive.

Licorice root side effects

While tea with licorice root is generally safe to drink, it’s best enjoyed in moderation. Too much of this tasty herb can elevate your blood pressure. Licorice root tea also shouldn’t be consumed if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

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We carry both caffeinated and caffeine-free blends with licorice root. These subtly sweet teas are some of our most popular blends, with many of them including other healthful ingredients like ginger, turmeric, and mint.

Atomic Gold Herbal Tea

Spicy, sweet, warm ,and soothing, this remarkable blend of turmeric, ginger, licorice, lemongrass and orange has a deep and satisfying flavor while also providing outstanding health benefits. Atomic Gold brews into a beautifully bright golden yellow liquor. This tea is one of our best-selling herbal teas!

Ginseng Oolong Tea

Our Ginseng Oolong is made with rolled oolong tea leaves that are coated with ginseng and blended with licorice root for a mild tea with woody and floral notes and a hint of sweetness and spice. This blend is well-known in China for its many health benefits, and is sometimes called “King’s Tea” or “Emperor Oolong.” Like many types of oolong teas, you can infuse Ginseng Oolong for multiple infusions.

Sing Your Song Herbal Tea

This handcrafted herbal infusion helps soothe the throat, clear congestion and promote wellness. Best of all, it tastes delicious! One of Santa Fe's local opera singers began drinking this tea to help keep her voice in perfect condition, so we've named the blend "Sing Your Song" in her honor.

Honeybush Hot Cider Herbal Tea

Honeybush is a full-bodied cousin of rooibos with a slightly sweeter taste. The addition of apple, cinnamon, orange peel and licorice root give this blend its delicious hot cider flavor.

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Is licorice root tea safe?

Licorice root tea is safe when consumed in moderation, but it can affect your blood pressure when consumed in excess. If you have any questions or concerns about drinking licorice root tea, it’s a good idea to double check with your doctor to make sure it’s right for you.

What does licorice root tea taste like?

On its own, licorice root has a pleasantly sweet, slightly cooling flavor that tastes like, well, licorice. This ingredient is often used in flavored tea blends to impart sweetness and spice.

Can I have licorice root tea while pregnant?

You should avoid licorice root tea when pregnant, as there’s a chance that the properties in licorice root could negatively affect your baby’s development.

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