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Certified Organic
Licorice
Herbal Teas
United States
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Flavor Profile:Intense, earthy sweetness with an aroma like fennel or anise. Soothing to the throat and stomach.Ingredients:Certified Organic Licorice Root.Certified Organic by:Quality Assurance International (QAI)
In Sanskrit, it is called "Malathi" or "sweet stalk". The Greeks named it "sweet root" and the Chinese call it "gan cao," which means ‘sweet grass’. This intense sweetness can be traced to glycyrrhizic acid, a multipurpose molecule that consists of two sugar moieties. The varied properties of the molecule have led to the surprising mix of products that contain licorice today: medicines, cough syrups, herbal supplements, gum, drinks and, of course, candy. Glycyrrhizic acid resides naturally in the root of the licorice plant. Licorice is a shrubby, woody-rooted plant with feathery leaves and light blue-violet flowers. It grows in the wild in many Middle Eastern, European, and Western Asian countries. The branching roots grow down as far as 3 feet and out laterally up to 20 feet. The root is harvested, dried, and sold to licorice processors. Licorice helps to heal ulcers and extends the life of prostaglandins that protect the stomach wall. The effect on prostaglandins may also explain why licorice helps soothe a cough. The aroma and flavor is sweet and comforting, reminiscent of anise or fennel, but considerably stronger. Caffeine free.
Water Temp
°F (°C)
Quality of WaterQuantity of Leaf
(tsp / 8oz water)
Steep Time
(minutes)
Infusions
200°F (93°C)Best with Spring water15-151-2
Herbal teas made from hearty roots, twigs, stems, seeds, and rinds require somewhat longer steeping times and higher temperatures than other more delicate herbs. We recommend using one teaspoon per 8oz of close to or at boiling water (200 to 210 F) and steeping 5 to 15 minutes. Shorter steeping times allow for re-infusions while longer steepings provide a stronger brew.

Herbal teas can be brewed in porcelain, ceramic, glass, or stainless steel but never in aluminum or other harmful materials. Be sure to cover the cup or teapot while steeping to prevent the loss of fragrant essential oils and other therapeutic and nutritional elements.
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By the Ounce 30
Classic Size Tin (3.5 oz.) 75