Liquorice tea is prepared from dried roots of herb Glycyrrhiza glabra. This is also known as mulethi in Hindi. Liquorice contains glycyrrhizic acid which gives it sweet taste. This herb is useful in treating respiratory tract infections and digestive system problems. Mulethi is helpful in reducing inflammation and irritation in upper respiratory infections.
Liquorice tea can be taken by people suffering from sodium and potassium deficiency. But it must be avoided in people who are hypertensive and have any renal disease.
Liquorice is medicinal herb and it must be taken in recommended doses only.
Ingredients for liquorice tea
Liquorice root 5 gms, ginger juice (3 ml) honey or sugar (optional) as per taste
If you are using sugar for sweetness in tea then add it in water and if honey is used then that should not be cooked and added before drinking by simple mixing.
Recipe of liquorice tea
- Take one glass water in a pan and bring this to boil.
- In this boiling water add crushed liquorice root or its powder with ginger juice.
- Simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
- Strain and drink lukewarm.
- You may add honey or sugar in this tea as per taste.
Benefits of liquorice tea
- Expectorant, reduces cough, phlegm
- Gives relief in sore throat
- Useful in bronchial asthma
- Reduces stress, anxiety
- Improves immunity
- Gives relief from acidity, heartburn, indigestion
- Good source of iron, sodium, potassium and zinc
Liquorice tea contains sodium which causes elevation in blood pressure. So it is better to be avoided by person suffering from hypertension and kidney diseases.
It is also recommended that this tea should not be consumed in excess as that may causes symptom related to hypertension and some other side effects.
It should not be taken for longer duration.
It should be avoided in pregnancy.