Taste (Rasa): Sweet, Bitter
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effects: Pacifying for Vata and Pitta
Benefits & Use: Licorice root has a remarkable list of documented uses, and might be among the highest overlooked of all natural treatments. Ayurvedic medicine regards licorice root as an expectorant relieving spasms and inflammatory as well as a demulcent, helping to loosen and expel phlegm. In fact, one of licorice root's most well-known uses is to ease congestion from coughs and colds while soothing irritated mucous membranes.Beneficial for entire digestive tract, it also promotes peristalsis (the contractions in your colon that help move waste through). An adaptogenic herb, licorice also helps regulate the stress hormone cortisol, taking a load off your adrenal glands.
Additional Uses: arthritis; athlete's foot; baldness; canker sores; dandruff; depression; fibromyalgia; premenstrual syndrome; headaches
In the Kitchen: Licorice, available as a root and powder, is found in a wide variety of naturally-sweetened drinks, candies, and sweets. The taste of this root is similar to that of star anise, however, they are not related; anise seed is a relative of parsley while licorice is the fruit of an evergreen tree. It is also commonly used in medicines to disguise unpleasant flavors.
Recipe: Yogurt with Caramelized Pistachios and Raw Licorice
Caramelize the cane sugar in a pan add the pistachios, coating them completely.
Pour the caramelized pistachios onto a baking sheet and let them cool.
Arrange the yogurt in 4 serving bowls.
Roughly chop the pistachios and sprinkle the chopped nuts and licorice powder on top of the yogurt.
- 3 oz cane sugar
- 3 oz pistachios, unsalted
- 2 cups Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons licorice powder