This Ayurvedic recipe for Ginger Licorice Tea is a life saver, or least a throat saver.
When it gets cold outside and our throats begin to get a bit scratchy, I put up a pot of ginger licorice tea. Sweet and spicy, the boys love it on a cold day. The last time they went up skiing, they asked me to put some in a thermos for them.
- 2 quarts water
- ¼ cup licorice root
- 1 finger's length fresh ginger, sliced
- Fill a pot with 2 quarts of water
- Add the licorice root and fresh ginger
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes
- Pour tea through a small mesh strainer piping hot into mugs and serve (thanks Cora!)
Please note: leave skin on ginger for less work and more flavor.
According to The Way of Herbs, by Michael Tierra, ginger is of great benefit to the stomach and may be taken alone or with other herbs to enhance its effectiveness. Licorice is good for adrenal insufficiency (although large doses will exacerbate high blood pressure) and is very soothing for lungs and digestion. We use it in our house to soothe a cold or sore throat. Or to calm down an upset tummy.