Ginger Licorice Tea

Warm and healing ginger licorice root tea is great for colds and adrenal health! This Ayurvedic recipe for Ginger Licorice Tea is a life saver, or least a throat saver.

When it gets cold outside and our throats begin to get a bit scratchy, I put up a pot of ginger licorice tea. Sweet and spicy, the boys love it on a cold day. The last time they went up skiing, they asked me to put some in a thermos for them.

Ginger Licorice Tea

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  1. Fill a medium pot with 2 quarts of water
  2. Add licorice and ginger
  3. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes
  4. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into mugs
  5. Serve

According to The Way of Herbs, by Michael Tierra, ginger is of great benefit to the stomach and may be taken alone or with other herbs to enhance its effectiveness. Licorice is good for adrenal insufficiency (although large doses will exacerbate high blood pressure) and is very soothing for lungs and digestion. We use it in our house to soothe a cold or sore throat. And sometimes to calm down an upset tummy.

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30 responses to “Ginger Licorice Tea”

  1. I have always loved licorice anything. I used to make licorice root tea and loved it. I ran into a problem when first finding Autoimmune Protocol and Paleo. I read about the TH1 TH2 balance and the conditions on each side of that balance. The condition I battle is on the TH1 side along with MS, Crohn’s Disease, Psoriasis,Sjoren’s Syndrome, Celiac Disease, Lichen Planus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and others. It is encouraged to avoid foods/herbs/supplements that exacerbate those conditions. Licorice is on the list of thing to avoid if one’s condition is on the TH1 side. My question: I wonder how you manage to still enjoy licorice tea and maintain your health? Please share your secret so that maybe I can enjoy an occasional cup of licorice tea.
    Thank you! ❤
    Here’s a link to the article that is my sourse.

    • Irene, thanks for your comment. My T cells are in the normal range although I have MS, Hashimoto’s, and Celiac Disease, so this is not personally a concern for me. But, I think it’s far more important to stick to simple things like a low-carb diet and reduce sugar and carb intake which are known to be hyper-inflammatory with numerous studies supporting this factor, than to eliminate items like licorice that are helpful in so many ways. Aside from respiratory and digestive support, licorice contains a substance that sustains the adrenal glands by inhibiting the enzymes that break down cortisol, preventing it from becoming inactive. Furthermore, I cannot find any scientific papers on licorice interfering with immune function or creating autoimmune issues. Finally, my Ayurvedic mentor recommended licorice to me in the early 1990s, and recently the naturopathic doctor at my neurology practice reminded me of its importance.

  2. Does it really have that many calories? I fast every day but thought teas were noncaloric so I drink tea during my fast. Any insight to this?

  3. hi I’ve bought licorice powder how much would you recommend for 1 cup a day 1 each for my daughter and I I can’t find any that use the powder thankyou

    • Hi Julie, we store it in the refrigerator in a glass mason jar, when kept this way it will last for a couple of days.

    • Licorice-the-candy has wheat flour in it, either for jelling up or for preventing the pieces from sticking to each other. Licorice root does not have gluten. Gluten is only found in certain grains and foods that have been contaminated with gluten flour. :)

  4. Drinking more than a cup of licorice tea may affect cortisol levels in a bad way. Licorice tea contains glycyrrhetinic acid which inhibits a renal enzyme called 11?eta-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 which converts biologically active cortisol to inactive cortisone. The glycyrrhetinic acid in licorice tea can inhibit renal 11?-Hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase-2 ( HSD11B2) which causes cortisol levels to go up. This in turn can cause the immune system to plummet as well as cause weight gain issues and a number of other symptoms related to elevated cortisol levels.

  5. Do you cut off the tough outer skin of the ginger? By the time I am done with this, the amount of ginger is so small!

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