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Licorice (Glycyrrhiza) is an herb long used in ancient Chinese medicine and folk herbalism, renowned for its wide range of therapeutic effects. It derives its scientific name from the Greek word for “sweet root” and common name from a French word also meaning “sweet root”—and that is what is so remarkable about this herb; a key compound in this herb, glycyrrhizin, is up to 50 times sweeter than sugar! Licorice has a rich history of being used in candies and dried sticks of licorice can even be chewed as a delicious, sugar-free and mouth freshening agent that is remarkable sweet....

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Today is National Sweetest Day, and for most, that means celebrating with their favorite sugary delight, and I am not trying to deter you from doing so, however why not take it one step further to explore the deeper purpose of sweetness in regards to our health?  Much of the wisdom of nutrition rests on the tip of your tongue, all kidding aside! From the perspective of Ayurvedic medicine, our sense of taste is a guide map that leads us towards proper nutrition. Since the beginning of our existence, humans have relied largely upon taste to discover healthy food choices...

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