Ingredient Spotlight: Licorice / Gan Cao

Why we love it

Great for abdominal discomfort, Licorice is ideal for treating menstrual cramping, and has been shown to relieve digestive discomfort and regulate bowels.

Helps with:

  • Cramps

  • Diarrhea 

  • Bloating

  • Fever

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How it Heals

In Chinese Medicine, Licorice replenishes qi, tonifies the spleen, clears heat, and eliminates toxins. It moderates and harmonizes other herbs, making it a great addition to any herbal tea. 

In Western medicine, Licorice is shown to correct irregular heart rhythm, prevent ulcers, reduce cough, and ease asthma. It has antidiabetic, antidiarrheal, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory effects. 


Fun Fact: Licorice was favoured among the Ancient Egyptians. It was used in beverages, as a medicine, and was even found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb.

“Licorice is used in almost all Chinese herbal formulas as a harmonizer. The philosophy is that licorice can make all the other herbs ‘play nice’ with one another. ”

- Dr. Nicole Glathe, co-founder