Ever wonder why so many cough lozenges are flavored with licorice? It's because licorice root is a traditional
remedy for a cough. It has been used worldwide for thousands of years and is universally prized for its soothing qualities. If you don't know where to buy it, search online. Chinese, African and Caribbean markets are also likely to carry licorice root.
Licorice as an remedy for cough
- If you have unadulterated licorice root, boil them for 20 minutes to make a decoction. Use about 1 cup of water for a four-inch piece of root
- If you have powdered licorice root, dissolve 1/2 tsp in 1 cup hot water
- Add honey as desired and drink.
Why licorice is a good cough remedy
Licorice is a natural demulcent (it soothes and coats) and an expectorant (it breaks up pleghm). The tea concoction helps boost your fluid intake.
Do not take licorice if you have high blood pressure. Consult a doctor before using licorice if you are taking ace inhibitors, diuretics, aspirin, corticosteroids, insulin, stimulant laxatives or oral contraceptives.