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Licorice Day

It always falls on April 12 every year.

This day was founded in 2004 by Licorice International.

Already Egyptians used liquorice as a medicine, and large supplies were discovered in the tomb of King Tut. Hieroglyphs have reported the use of liquorice as a favorite drink. Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar supported the consumption of licorice. Manuscripts talked about liquorice as it helps eye disease, skin disease, cough, and hair loss. Since the 14th century it has been used to relieve coughs, colds and bronchitis. Today's licorice comes from Holland from the 17th century when it was one of the most powerful countries in the world.

Licorice is a perennial herb and semi-shrub with white, yellow or red flowers in grapes. Some species are used in the food industry and as a medicine. Mostly licorice glabrous is used as a drug in the tobacco industry and in the food industry. Glabrous liquorice is a spice made from dried roots and is sometimes called sweet wood for its typical sweet taste.

It is used in the kitchen as a spice, sweetener for candy or chewing gum, tea, liquorice stick, medicine, added to toothpaste, soft drinks, beer and cough pastilles. Excessive use of licorice may cause laxative effects.

Licorice root can soothe the stomach that suffers from heartburn and gastritis. It also has immune boosting and anti-inflammatory properties that help restore stomach balance. Root extracts are used to treat peptic ulcers. According to the study (not a control group and therefore taken with caution) when consuming 3.5 grams of liquorice extracts (or liquorice flavoroid oil) every day for 2 months, it leads to a substantial reduction in body fat. Liquorice confectionery does not help slimming because it contains a lot of supplied sugars. Excessive consumption of licorice may have serious side effects (high blood pressure, severe potassium lowering - muscle weakness and cramps, swelling and headaches, increases the risk of premature birth).

It is up to everyone to eat or not to eat licorice, but certainly to a reasonable degree, because nothing should be exaggerated.