It is a shrub a little more than one meter tall, with a whitish bark, which has flattened pods, trifoliate leaves and blue, purple or purple flowers. Other popular names are licorice-do-brasil, sweet root and licorice-do-cerrado.
Earth licorice root can be used in tea form to treat a number of health conditions.
Properties and Benefits of Earth Licorice
The medicinal properties of licorice da Terra include its sweetening, antiallergic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antidepressant, antitussive, spasmodic, pulmonary tonic, mild laxative, resolving, expectorant, diuretic, demulcent, detoxifying and decongestant action of the airways.
Its chemical constituents include glycyrrhizin and triterpene saponins.
Due to its medicinal properties, Earth licorice tea can be useful in the treatment of the following health problems: affections (bronchial, pulmonary and urinary tract), bronchitis, chronic catarrh, asthma, diabetes, dyspnea and sore throat.
In addition to erysipelas, stomach, muscle spasms, expectoration, prevention of dental caries, liver, nausea, hoarseness, smoking, cough, ulcers, inflammation of the belly and urinary tract, flow and liver congestion.
Licorice da Terra still produces a mild laxative effect and, legend has it, the habit of chewing the plant can end the addiction to smoking.
Earth licorice tea: how to prepare?
The used part of this plant is its root, which is used to prepare a tea that provides many benefits to our body’s overall health. Check out the tea recipe below:
– 6 tablespoons of the Earth’s licorice root;
– 1 liter of water.
In a container, combine the plant root and water. Bring to the fire and, when it comes to a boil, leave for 10 minutes.
After this time, turn off the heat, strain and it’s ready to be served. It is recommended that you drink up to two cups of Earth licorice tea a day.
In high doses and for long periods of time, Earth licorice tea can cause high blood pressure. The drink is contraindicated for diabetics.
Remember that any treatment, even with natural plants, can be very harmful to your health. Always consult a specialist to verify the best indication for your specific case.