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Liquorice root is one herb that my parents introduced to us when we were very young. It is one of the most prescribed herbs in Chinese medicine, apparently second only to ginseng. It’s used widely in many Chinese medicine for various types of cure. It’s also added to many Chinese herbal mix for making tonic and therapeutic soups. It’s also known as a sweet root as it adds sweetness to soup.
I remember my mom would boil a big pot of liquorice water and make all of us drink. She said it’s good for detoxifying the body. We didn’t drink it everyday but very often. In fact I love the drink. It’s yellow in colour and has a lovely natural sweetness.
Recently I walked into a health shop and was really happy to see these lovely liquorice roots in packets. I bought 2 packets. Once I got home, I couldn’t wait to put them to boil immediately. As the weather is getting cold, I added a few thin slices of ginger to it. It was really delicious. I had 2 glasses. If you don’t like ginger, you can omit that.
The liquorice (licorice) plant is a native plant to southern Europe and central Asia. It is a sweet root and a type of herb. It is said to be 50 times sweeter than sugar.
Liquorice is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years for its many health benefits and healing power. It is a prized herb that’s widely used (often in combination with other herbs) to treat a variety of ailments, including coughs, sore throats, food poisoning, liver, and digestive and urinary disorders. It is the second most prescribed herb in China, exceeded only by ginseng.
This Liquorice Drink Recipe that my mom made for us is very simple. She did not add ginger.
3 liquorice roots
3 thin slices of ginger (optional)
1 litre of water or more
Wash the liquorice roots. Break into short lengths or if you have a sharp knife or cleaver, you can chop it or slice it. In Chinese herbal shops, they are always sliced into thin pieces. When I went back to the shop the second time, I saw there were ready chopped liquorice roots in packets. So I bought another 2 packets. I would love to make this drink once or twice a week.
Put the liquorice pieces and ginger slices into a pot. Add water and let it boil. You can top it up later. I let it boil under low fire for about 20-30 minutes.
You can drink it hot or cold. I love the smell and sweet taste.
Do you have a good herbal drink that’s good for health or therapeutic? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
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Quote of the day….
“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”