This recipe includes only five ingredients and is soooo simple to make. This would be a great thing to take everyday in small pieces for cases of anemia, or if you just find yourself in need of an energy boost. It’s also a great remedy when a cold/flu hits – particularly in the presence of sore throat and/or cough. Most kids are more than happy to eat a small piece of licorice every few hours even when they’re sick. ?

One of the most commonly used herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Glycyrrhiza glabra literally means “sweet root” in Greek. Licorice contains an abundance of polysaccharides that make it ideal for soothing sore throats related to bronchitis, dry coughs and gastric irritation such as ulcers. Because of it’s moistening, demulcent properties, Ayurvedic medicine considers licorice to be specific for any inflammation involving the mucous membranes.

organic licorice root powder:

  • anti-inflamatory
  • soothes sore throat
  • adaptogen
  • antiviral
  • antimicrobial
  • expectorant

organic star anise, whole:

  • antioxidant
  • natural flu fighter
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • helps regulate blood sugar


There’s no sugar in this recipe; instead, homemade licorice relies on molasses and the sweetness of the licorice root, which is a whopping 50 times sweeter than processed sugar! You’re welcome to use any kind of molasses you wish, but you will not get the same health benefits from “old fashioned molasses” as you will from unsulphured blackstrap molasses. Not only does blackstrap molasses metabolize more slowly than sugar, making it a better alternative for diabetics, it’s also a far cry from “empty calories.” It’s a veritable powerhouse of nutrition, containing:

  • antioxidants
  • iron (especially good for women struggling with anemia from menstruation)
  • magnesium
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • manganese
  • copper
  • vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6 (provides a natural energy boost)


This is not going to taste exactly like the commercial licorice but will be similar to the real black licorice you can find out there. Let me know if you make it and how you and your family like it! ??

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closeup of a wooden spoon containing pieces of chopped licorice root