Is Licorice Root safe?

by Jennifer (Virginia)

I've heard that licorice root can be toxic to your unborn baby. I've recently found that it is in a lot of the herbal teas I drink. Is there any truth to this?


Hi Jennifer,

In Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year herbalist Susan Weed lists licorice as an herb to avoid during pregnancy due to its steroid-like factors (p.13)

It is safe to take in teas postpartum.

Based on her advice I would switch to a different tea until after your baby's birth.

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Kristen is childbirth educator, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! She has spent years helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Find her on her website and helping families through her online childbirth class

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