What we think of as "licorice" flavour is actually anise. The Roman naturalist Theophrastus wrote that the roots were used for asthma, dry cough, and lung disorders. Traditionally, the dried root has also been used for sore throat and laryngitis as well as inflammation of the urinary and intestinal tracts. Licorice is used in Chinese prescriptions for coughs, sore throat, asthma, gastric and duodenal ulcers, and as a 'mediator' of potentially toxic ingredients.
Licorice is considered expectorant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and soothing to irritated mucous membranes; it is used in the treatment of inflamed lungs, as well as for gastric and duodenal ulcers. It speeds healing of gastric ulcers in part by increasing secretions from the gastric mucosa.
Add loose tea (1 to 2 teaspoons per cup, 250ml) to a teapot, or infuser basket. Pour very hot water (not boiling) over the tea and let it infuse for up to 10 to 15 minutes. Strain leaves from the teapot before pouring. Add honey or a slice of lemon to taste. Enjoy!
Seek professional health advice if pregnant, lactating, suffering from a medical condition or taking medication before supplementing.