Today’s Herb for Dec. 16th – Licorice
MEDICINAL: Licorice Root is a great source of the female hormone estrogen. It is used for coughs and chest ailments. It is an important herb to use when recovering from an illness, as it supplies needed energy to the system. Used as a remedy for stomach and heart problems, indigestion, and most respiratory ailments. Helps to normalize and regulate hormone production. Should not be used by pregnant women as it can sometimes lead to high blood pressure with prolonged use.
RELIGIOUS: Licorice root was buried in tombs and caskets to help the soul pass easily into the Summerland. Chewing on a piece of the root will make you passionate. It is added to love sachets, and an ingredient in spells to ensure fidelity.
GROWING: Licorice is a perennial that reaches 3 to 7 feet tall. Hard freezes will kill it, so it grows best in warm sunny climates.
LOVE TEA FOR TWO
2 tsp. Rose petals
1 tsp. Spearmint herb
1 tsp. Licorice root (ground)
1 tsp. Hawthorn herb
A pinch of the following:
Coriander, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla or Ginger, Honey to taste
Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Place the herbs and spices listed above in the hot water;
simmer on low for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 5 minutes longer.
Strain tea before serving.
Hyssop Cough Syrup
Licorice flavored, soothes sore throats.
2 tbsp dried hyssop (flower tops) or 1/3 cup fresh hyssop (chopped flowers)
1/4 cup water
1 cup honey
1 tsp aniseed
In a saucepan combine honey and water. Stir until the mixture is consistency of pancake syrup. Bring slowly to a boil (over a medium heat). Skim off any scum that rises to the surface.
Use 1-2 tbsp water to moisten the dried hyssop. Crush the aniseed. Stir both into the honey. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Remove from heat, uncover, and allow to cool. While the mixture is still a little warm, strain into a jar. When completely cooled, screw on the lid. Should keep for 1 week.
This tonic builds vitality, beautiful skin and regulates the female reproductive system. It is mildly sedative and beneficial for women of all ages.
1 small root (1 ounce) or 1 thin slice tang kuei
2 slices white peony root
3 pieces bupleurun
2 jujube red dates
1 piece licorice or ginger root
In 2 -3 cups of water, simmer herbs for one hour. Strain and drink up to one cup daily. Use 2 cups of water to produce a stronger estrogenic brew.
NOTE: Omit tang kuei if estrogen blockers have been prescribed or consult your physician first,.
This tonic will ease tension and anxiety and take the edge off a bad day. Use it as a sleep tonic:
3 cups distilled water
2 small tang kuei roots (or 1 large slice)
2 jujube red dates
4 (2-inch) slices white peony root
1 slice fresh ginger or 1 dried Chinese licorice root
In distilled water, simmer the above ingredients. A ginseng cooker or porcelain pot and lid make the best cooking utensils. Simmer for one hour without lifting the lid. Strain and drink 1/2 – 1 cup to relieve tension.
Drink this in the midafternoon when your energy levels begin to slide.
1 American ginseng root
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 (1/4-inch) slice ginger root or 1 piece licorice root
Simmer in 2 cups of water for 1 hour covered. Strain and drink a half cup for a morning or a mid-afternoon boost.
*Note: Ginseng and ginger are not recommended for inflammatory disease or for women on estrogen blockers. Licorice root is not recommended for hypertensives.
Did you know that Licorice Root is a very nutritive, soothing tonic, beneficial for convalescing and elderly people. The sweet taste comes from fifty molecules of natural sugar abating low blood sugar and low blood pressure. It is helpful for overcoming alcoholic and addictive behavior and builds muscle in children. Licorice root is an intestinal tonic that combines well with marshmallow root. It is not recommended for hypertension.