DIY Homemade Liquorice Solutions
Liquorice tea is an excellent cure for colds, sores and fevers. Rich in antioxidants and antibacterial and antiviral compounds, it can really help perk up your health and mood. Liquorice root is sweet as it is, and thus Liquorice tea requires no addition of harmful sugar in order to make it palatable.
Here is how you can make a healthy Liquorice tea:
- Liquorice roots
- Peppermint leaves or cinnamon (optional)
- Shred the Liquorice roots into coarse, small pieces using a knife, shredder or a blender. You will need about 1 teaspoon of grated root.
- Boil about a cup of water in a kettle
- Place the grated Liquorice in a steel tea ball or a mesh infuser. Place it in the hot (not boiling) water and let the root steep.
- Add peppermint leaves or cinnamon for flavor. You may add other herbs too. You can add these either in the infuser, or just let the leaves into the water.
- Drink the tea when it is mildly lukewarm. You can drink about three cups a day, but be careful not to over drink, as Liquorice can have some side effects in excess.
Liquorice candies are a favorite of young and older people alike. It’s a healthy sweet that doesn’t use harmful refined table sugars for the yummy sweetness. These days the commercial “Liquorice candy” don’t have actual Liquorice, as excess Liquorice can be harmful to health. So you can make some delicious Liquorice sweets at home, but be careful not to overindulge!
- Liquorice roots
- Add one cup of molasses to a heating pan. Heat gently for about ten minutes, but do not allow the molasses to bubble.
- Add one teaspoon of powdered anise and one teaspoon of powdered Liquorice root to the molasses, and stir thoroughly.
- Add half a cup flour to the molasses mixture. Keep adding with flour until a consistent paste has been formed. About one cup of flour should be required in total.
- Take the dough out of the pan, and place on a counter top. Cut it out into several pieces, and shape into tube like candies, about half inches thick.
- Wait until the candy has cooled. It should harden with cooling. Store the hardened candy and enjoy when ready.
Liquorice Leaf Salad
You can enjoy Liquorice leaves in fresh produce salads. Although they are not as effective as the Liquorice roots, you can still derive great health benefits from them. Rich in vitamins and minerals, they are a great addition to any diet.
You can make a tasty Greek salad from Liquorice leaves. Surprise guests with this delicious culinary adventure, or try it yourself.
What you need:
- Half a bowl of Liquorice leaves
- Olive oil
- Parmesan cheese
- Two large tomatoes, diced
- Mix the diced tomatoes with the Liquorice leaves.
- Apply a liberal dash of olive oil and toss gently.
- Pour a dash of vinegar for the sour taste and flavor.
- Sprinkle on about half a cup of finely grated Parmesan cheese.
- Throw in a few olives.
- Serve in a large salad bowl.
So that is Liquorice – an ancient herb that has deeply rooted itself into health practice rituals with its sweet, tasty taproot.
Be sure to try the recipes yourself and experience the powers of this gray root. You know the herb really works when everyone from Hippocrates to modern scientific research claims its benefits and prescribes it.
However, Liquorice users should be careful not to exceed recommended dosages. Take a little care, and enjoy the benefits of this great herb!Share with friends!