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Brimstone
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I have just discovered the amazing power of licorice and was wondering if anyone else takes and what benefits they have noticed.
I take it as a tea in a large cup with the bag left in. I drink 3 cups throughout the day.
My hot flushes have more or less completely stopped and my night sweats have practically stopped too.
I have noticed that 3 cups is the ideal for me and if I have less then the night sweats may recur and I'll also start to experience the warm flushes...

Just to add my adrenals are pretty shot...thyroid...and hormones...licorice seems to work.

I guess now I just want to glean as much info as possible from this amazing forum before it closes ๐Ÿ˜”
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Quoted from Brimstone
I have just discovered the amazing power of licorice and was wondering if anyone else takes and what benefits they have noticed.
I take it as a tea in a large cup with the bag left in. I drink 3 cups throughout the day.
My hot flushes have more or less completely stopped and my night sweats have practically stopped too.
I have noticed that 3 cups is the ideal for me and if I have less then the night sweats may recur and I'll also start to experience the warm flushes...

Just to add my adrenals are pretty shot...thyroid...and hormones...licorice seems to work.

I guess now I just want to glean as much info as possible from this amazing forum before it closes ๐Ÿ˜”
Hi, Brimstone. You might take a look at Ayurveda. If memory serves, Licorice is Pitta-appeasing, i.e., "cooling". So, the benefits of Licorice can also be found in other Pitta-calming herbs and foods, too. I like to find where Ayurveda's and Dr. D's recommendations intersect for me, and experiment with those things.
Have fun researching - and perhaps benefitting from - these other Pitta-fixers, too.  


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Love the test of licorice powder mixed with curcuma in zucchinis stir fry recipes
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love adding licorice powder to my daily pot of yerba mate


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Quoted from Lola
love adding licorice powder to my daily pot of yerba mate


I'll taste it, never tried yerba mate
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I must be a super taster as it tastes too strong for me.
It is supposed to be good for O, but alas, it is just too strong tasting.

But I'm glad it helps others!


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I keep hearing Yerba mate being mentioned but have no idea what it is or if we can get it in the uk, I assume that it's a type of tea or a substitute coffee type drink...?
I am a super taster Mrs T O+ and love licorice tea especially even more now I can see the benefits ๐Ÿ™‚
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Thanks for the Ayurveda mention san j and tweaking my brain cells...
I have briefly dallied with the idea before but many years ago, and have just revisited the info re pitta appeasing and found it very interesting when cross referencing with my swami and other dietary stuff I'm attempting at the mo and it does all really seem relevant...
so thank you San j for mentioning it and setting me out on this thread...
one of the other reasons that this forum is just so good...you come here to have a bit of a chat about one thing and end up thinking about something else that could be key...
Something also popped up re molasses which is something I was thinking about in another thread on here...it's all connected...
I'm going to miss popping in here so much ๐Ÿ˜”
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I do a lot of herbal medicine and licorice blends well with many things, often making other herbs work more effectively. There are some cautionaries in using it. It is a good idea to take a break from it periodically, or if you are using it regularly to blend it with other herbs that modify its behavior . Raising blood pressure and reducing potassium levels in the body are 2 concerns. Adding dandelion root can help with potassium levels, also as someone else said, turmeric (and ginger) combine well with it. It is such an important anti-inflammatory herb and of course adds a lovely taste, if you like it.
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I do a lot of herbal medicine and licorice blends well with many things, often making other herbs work more effectively. There are some cautionaries in using it. It is a good idea to take a break from it periodically, or if you are using it regularly to blend it with other herbs that modify its behavior . Raising blood pressure and reducing potassium levels in the body are 2 concerns. Adding dandelion root can help with potassium levels, also as someone else said, turmeric (and ginger) combine well with it. It is such an important anti-inflammatory herb and of course adds a lovely taste, if you like it.


Thank you, love lightly roasted dandelion roots!  
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Licorice is added to many herbs combinations because it is sweet. It's supports the adrenals and will revitalize them. It is used as a soothing demulcent and anti-inflammatory remedy for respiratory problems.

Some studies show that it can induce water retention and raise blood pressure levels, ( licorice extracts, candy and allopathic medications) Not the simple amounts that are added to tea mixes, etc. but this is something each of us should keep in mind.


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Thanks for the info Bekki Shining Bearheart, v interesting re the combos, I do also chuck in a ginger tea bag regularly for a double whammy but didn't realise that this was a good thing to do, also take turmeric supps so all good there as well.
This is all very interesting...my potassium levels on my last bloods showed they were above range - before I'd really started on the licorice, I shall be interested to see if there's any change...also blood pressure is normally v low...I shall definitely be keeping an eye on that too.
But on the whole seems as if I'm naturally predisposed to love licorice...and my swami...
Deblynn3 really interesting re adrenals...mine are pretty whacked out so am pleased to know they are being supported by the licorice too...how jolly interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks everyone.
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Fantastic, can we roast the root in order to make a coffee ?  Just to taste  
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I use the whole root fairly regularly and right now have a white tea with some added licorice root i got at a tea shop.  It is sweet and soothing/moistening to tissues.  It does not appear to increase my BP, it actually helps it to stay even.  It is a recommended supp. and tea for explorers.
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Quoted from deblynn3
Some studies show that it can induce water retention and raise blood pressure levels, ( licorice extracts, candy and allopathic medications) Not the simple amounts that are added to tea mixes, etc. but this is something each of us should keep in mind.


That's the exact reason I won't use licorice. I have congestive heart failure (water retention around the heart and lungs) and I had high blood pressure, which is currently kept under control with supplements and medication. I need to keep the blood pressure on the lower end of the "normal" range to protect my heart.


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I drank a bunch of strong licorice tea a couple of years ago, I already had a lot of phlegm congestion and I looked "puffy" according to my wife!  

It is contraindicated for abdominal fullness and distention due to too much "dampness."

Water retention is another sign of excess dampness in the body.

I use licorice intermittently.  Too much by itself can cause too much dampness and give rise to high BP, fluid retention,  and sluggishness.  Esp. if the person already is prone to these patterns.
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Dr. D. uses these concepts among many in his works I'm pretty sure.   This way of seeing the body helps me along with the more modern medical ways of seeing it.  
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Quoted from Brimstone
I have just discovered the amazing power of licorice and was wondering if anyone else takes and what benefits they have noticed.
I take it as a tea in a large cup with the bag left in. I drink 3 cups throughout the day.
My hot flushes have more or less completely stopped and my night sweats have practically stopped too.
I have noticed that 3 cups is the ideal for me and if I have less then the night sweats may recur and I'll also start to experience the warm flushes...

Just to add my adrenals are pretty shot...thyroid...and hormones...licorice seems to work.

I guess now I just want to glean as much info as possible from this amazing forum before it closes ๐Ÿ˜”


Sounds amazing!


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