Licorice Tea... how much is too much

storygardener(5/6 central oh)March 9, 2006

Hi Folks...A friend gave me some teas and included was a delicious licorice tea (licorice root, cinnamon bark, orange peel, ginger root, cardamom seed, black pepper, clove bud). I'd love to enjoy cup of this tea on a daily basis. Another friend said that it raises blood pressure, effects blood sugar, depletes the body of potassium. Eek gads!

So, my question remains - Is a cup of this tea eveyday too much. Should I only have it on special occaisions? How many cups would be harmful?

I am glad I have a place to ask this question.


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once a day is probably not a problem... I wouldn't take it for months in and months out though... sounds quite stimulating though!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2006 at 10:56AM
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I'd be more inclined to advise against daily consumption.

Natural licorice is known to cause hypertension and low potassium if enough is taken, and potentially can cause other problems as well. It has also caused trouble when taken in a Chinese herbal mixture.

I found a source of real licorice candy locally (most of what's sold is artificially flavored with anise) and enjoy it on occasion, but I wouldn't eat it every day.

Caution is especially advisable in people with heart or blood pressure problems who are taking medication for them (i.e. digitalis).

    Bookmark   March 9, 2006 at 1:41PM
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I'm with Eric. Daily is far too often. Liquorice is notorious for raising the blood pressure and causing other problems. Not a herb to be taken lightly.

Liquorice should not be used by those suffering from high blood pressure, fluid retention, headache, vertigo, cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease or a history of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, or by those who are obese. Best avoided when pregnant or lactating. May cause water retention and loss of potassium. Do not use for more than 4 weeks consecutively. Professional supervision is recommended.

Make it just an occasional treat, not a regular thing at all.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2006 at 4:37PM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Thank you all for your input. Sounds like it should just be a very occasional cup of tea. I appreciate it.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2006 at 4:42PM
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If you are female the best time to take licorice is during the estrogenic phase of your cycle, i.e., the first two weeks after your period. This will minimize bloat. Licorice is used with many herbs to strenghten their effects. Take it with your Echinacea when you have an illness.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2006 at 5:09PM
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