Growing up in Denmark you learn to love the flavor of licorice, and especially salty licorice. I think Denmark is the only place on the planet, where people indulge in massive amounts of licorice. Licorice has a distinct and great flavor and the key therapeutic compound glycyrrhizin (which is 50 times sweeter than sugar) has many benefits for the body, as it can help treat many ailments. It seems to prevent the breakdown of adrenal hormones such as cortisol (the stress fighting hormone).
Licorice is one of those over looked herbal remedies, as it has been used for many ailments including asthma, athlete’s foot, baldness, body odour, bursitis, canker sores, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, coughs, dandruff, emphysema, gingivitis and tooth decay, gout, heartburn, HIV, viral infections, fungal infections, ulcers, liver problems, Lyme disease, menopause, psoriasis, shingles, sore throat, tendinitis, tuberculosis, ulcers, yeast infections, prostate enlargement and arthritis. Licorice root contains many anti-depressant compounds and is an excellent alternative to St. John’s Wort.
Licorice is perfect for enhancing the immune system, as it boost the levels of interferon, a key immune system chemical that fights off viruses (incl. influenza A). It lowers cholesterol levels, help with indigestion, and is good for menopause, the respiratory system and is great for relieving fevers and soothing pain. Its anti-allergenic effect is very useful for hay ever, allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma. In general it’s just great for when you feel tired and run down. The Reishi mushroom is added for it’s healing and medicinal impact, especially in protecting and boosting the immune system. This elixir drink will do the trick, when you need to feel better (and it taste divine). This is a very warming and comforting drink.
- 2 cups coconut, almond or rice milk
- 2 tsp raw vanilla powder
- 1/2 – 1 tsp licorice powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves, ground (use a mortar)
- 1 tsp reishi
HOW TO MAKE
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth and mixed well.
Serve in a tall glass