As a kid, you probably hated black jellybeans and licorice.
Those were the sweets always left at the bottom of the bag, or given to mum and dad!
Licorice is one of those things people either love or hate.
It’s known around the world as a sweet, black, chewy candy – but it’s far from that.
Many people have no idea that licorice actually comes from the root of plant – and even fewer people know that licorice has been prized as a medicinal herb for thousands of years.
In fact, ancient Egyptians would place it in the tombs of high-ranking members of their society.
Licorice comes from the root of a plant that grows natively in southern Europe and Asia, particularly in Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
The secret to its popularity is its powerful natural sweetener, glycyrrhizin. Glycyrrhizin is up to 50 times sweeter than sugar!
Long before the licorice candy came along, licorice root was was used as a natural remedy for a huge variety of ailments: sore throats, upset stomachs, congestion, indigestion, and constipation.
And guess what? Licorice root still has those powers. It’s just that most of us have no idea!
Here’s how to use it…