Licorice is the common name of Glycyrrhiza glabra, a flowering plant of the bean family Fabaceae, from the root of which a sweet, aromatic flavouring can be extracted.
The licorice plant is a herbaceous perennial legume native to the Western Asia and southern Europe. Licorice is used as a flavouring in candies and tobacco, particularly in some European and West Asian countries.
Licorice extracts have been used in herbalism and traditional medicine.
Medicinal use of licorice dates back to ancient Egypt, where the root was made into a sweet drink for pharaohs.
It has also been used in traditional Chinese, Middle Eastern, and Greek medicines to soothe an upset stomach, reduce inflammation, and treat upper respiratory problems.
Today, many people utilize licorice root to treat ailments like heartburn, acid reflux, hot flashes, coughs, and bacterial and viral infections. Additionally, licorice tea is said to soothe sore throats, while topical gels are claimed to treat skin conditions like acne or eczema.
What’s more, licorice is used to flavor some foods and beverages.