- Women's Health
Licorice Root - A Sweet Herbal Tea for Menopause
Hot Flash Blues
For years I would see women fanning themselves in public places, listening to them complain about their sudden burst of an overheated body temperature. I'm thinking what's the big deal? It can't be that bad. Just step outside or take off your coat. Dress a little lighter. Drink a glass of cold water. Now that I am quickly approaching 50, the hot flashes are starting to make their way into my life. At first I said to myself, "No sweat". I can deal with this. Ha! Was I wrong.
There is a reason these women are experiencing hot flashes in public. They come on uninvited with no warning, usually at the worst time. It is always while I'm standing in the checkout line, sitting in church, driving in heavy traffic, and when I am supposed to be getting a good night sleep. Along with becoming extremely hot, I get anxiety and claustrophobia in crowded places. I have to leave quickly or I start to panic. Sleeping is the worst or I should say, "What sleep?" I toss and turn like a pancake all night. I would think I would shed a few pounds from the constant turning back and forth. Instead, I get an extra 2 inches around the waist and an extra 10 lbs. to carry around. I'm sure it's because I am so exhausted during the day from lack of sleep that I probably move like a slug all day. When my hormones are so out of sync, my mood hits highs and lows.
After doing a little research and testing different remedies to alleviate some of the pre-menopause symptoms, I have found one product that seems to work well for me. Licorice root tea has become my favorite afternoon pick-me-up. I have always loved drinking tea and I like the flavor of black licorice. It is naturally sweet and has a spicy flavor. It satisfies my sweet tooth, boosts my energy, and seems makes me feel like my hormones are more balanced. Rather than grab a high calorie snack when I get the mid day munchies, I sip a cup of licorice tea and it suppresses my appetite. When I get that overwhelming feeling of depression coming over me for no reason, this naturally sweet soothing beverage cheers me up and gets me right back on track.
Characteristics and Benefits of Licorice Root
Licorice root has been an Egyptian favorite for centuries because of it's healing factors, and it's sweetness, which is 50 times sweeter than cane sugar. It is typically known for it's soothing respiratory capabilities, it's uses as a digestive aid, and the relief it provides for various skin conditions. Licorice contains two beneficial compounds phytoestrogens (plant estrogen), and glycyrrhizin. The phytoestrogens help level that unbalanced level of estrogen. Glycyrrhizin helps in boosting energy, easing stress, and providing emotional balance. Some of the abundant uses of licorice root are:
- colds, cough, sore throat, congestion
- ulcers, indigestion, acid reflux
- eczema, psoriasis
- body odor
- chronic fatigue
- stress, depression
Since Licorice tea is not very recognized as a common choice of teas, it is not always found in all grocery stores. However, you can find it in your local health food store. I drink it mornings or midday because it boost energy levels. It should be used in moderation, once a day, a few times a week, for instance. If you have high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes it is recommend that you do not use licorice root. As with many teas, you should also consult your physician if you are on any kind of medications.