Also known as sweet root, licorice has been used for centuries for medicinal, health and beverage purposes. Licorice root is used in modern times, as well, for conditions such as peptic ulcers, canker sores, eczema, indigestion, colds and coughs, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Prepare a tea by steeping dried licorice root to potentially ease symptoms associated with these conditions. Always ask your doctor beforehand, however, because licorice root isn't safe for everyone.
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Boil 4 to 8 ounces of water in a saucepan, depending on how much tea you want to make.
Add 1 teaspoon of dried licorice root to the saucepan for every 4 ounces of water.
Remove the water from the heat and let the licorice root steep in the saucepan for 5 minutes.
Pour the tea through a fine-mesh kitchen strainer set over a teapot or a tea cup. Discard the dried licorice root.