April 12th National Licorice Day

Licorice has been a favorite candy for people since before the King Tut era. In fact, there was licorice found in King Tut’s tomb. It is a flavor not soon forgotten and people seem to either love it, or hate it with very little wiggle room.

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It is probably best known for it’s use in candy. The Vines, Good and Plenty and gum drops all feature licorice as a flavoring. It can be mixed with other flavorings but still stand out very distinctly.

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But what you might not know is that licorice is actually a herb. Though it is considered sweet, sugar is obviously added to the candy made with licorice. The day was created by Licorice International in 2004 to advertise their candy but licorice is also healthy.

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It is a natural laxative, helps with cramps of all kinds, aids with menopause, helps ulcers, stimulates a healthy Adrenal Gland and helps fight breast and prostate cancer. Who knew!?! While being a tasty treat it is also helpful. Sort of like the prune! Of course the sugar added doesn’t help.

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So enjoy some licorice as candy, tea or as a supplement! It’s good for you and for the Licorice International Association.

How to celebrate – Have a piece of licorice! Study what medicines have licorice in them. Grow your own licorice.

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April 12th National Liquorice Day

Liquorice or Licorice is actually a root.  In it’s natural state it is slightly sweet but not as most of us know it to be from the candy.  It comes from the Glycyrrhiza Glabra plant, found manly in Southern Europe, Asia and India.

It actually has many uses.  It is used in food, medicine, beverages and even tobacco.  Apparently it even works well as shampoo.  It treats sore throats, bronchitis, coughing and infections, both viral and biological.  It helps the digestive system, heartburn, colic and gastritis. It is used to treat prostate cancer as well as eczema.  It also increases fertility.

In many Mid-Eastern countries, liquorice is served as a drink, like coffee.  No one knows how first discovered liquorice but it is clear it has been around for centuries.  I have alwys been curious who dug up a plant and decided to use the roots to make something, anything.  In this case, they dug up a plant with roots that look like twigs.  Someone had to say to themselves, I bet this tastes pretty good!  At the same time, someone standing next to him, or her, said to themselves, I think I’ll try it as shampoo.  Of course it is just a hop-skip and a jump to using it in medicine and tobacco.  However it is nice to know that something that gives you cancer, like tobacco with liquorice in it, can be treated by the exact same product, liquorice as a cure.

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Now before you think you can cure yourself by eating a hundred bags of Twizzlers I’m afraid it won’t work.  Liquorice is semi-sweet as it comes out of the ground, but the real candy has Anisteed Oil added to it which tastes somewhat like liquorice but is much, much sweeter.  Unfortunately, Anisteed Oil contains none of the cure as in liquorice root.  April 12th is also my Father’s birthday, and he loves liquorice!