Licorice root KOS colds!

Woman's World - - Ask America’s Ultimate Experts - —Shannon Hunt

Its key com­pound, gly­cyrrhizin, staves off win­ter ills by stop­ping the growth of bac­te­ria and viruses and in­creas­ing your own in­fec­tion-fight­ing in­ter­feron. And if you do hap­pen to get sick? “It can shorten the du­ra­tion and ease your symp­toms by thin­ning mu­cus, mak­ing coughs more pro­duc­tive and eas­ing in­flam­ma­tion to end con­ges­tion,” says herbal­ist Brigitte Mars, au­thor of The Home Ref­er­ence to Holis­tic Health and Heal­ing— a rea­son it’s one of the most widely used Kampo herbs. One op­tion: Alvita Or­ganic Licorice Root tea, $5.79, Vi­ta­min­

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