Thanks @lenora Yes, that's true. I use deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) powder at 1/8 teaspoonful each dose (usually 3 times a day) It's the Glycyrrhizin which can cause side effects.but I thought I'd mention that real licorice causes high BP in most people, and can be especially dangerous if you already suffer from it. I hope not.
I believe -though might be wrong -that it's a type of steroid also (?). But the DGL so far (1 month at least of use) has caused me no issues I didn't have before anyway. It feels quite benign, and tastes really nice too.
Out of interest, I added another herb to the collection today: Witch Hazel Leaves I am still experimenting with this, but one tea made from 1 small teaspoonful has had beneficial effects already. Time will tell, and I will update as I go along here. When the Spring comes I will also pick Blackberry leaves and see what happens with those when I make tea from them.
At the moment, the blackberry leaves are non existent owing to minus temperatures, frost and snow. Spring will bring up some fresh growth, perfect for teas.
Both those are astringent, and could be helpful for some IBS symptoms (which I get,....mild IBS -D)
Also as astringents they can be toning for the lower esophageal sphincter (helpful for GERD and reflux.)
Anyway I will post back updates as I go along.