The Liquorice plant (American spelling Licorice) is a legume native to southern Europe and parts of Asia.

Liquorice: Latin name: (Genus) Glycyrrhiza; (Species) G. glabra.

It is the root of the Liquorice plant which is used for its flavour and medicinal properties.

Liquorice has a long history of use in Chinese medicine, and has been used across centuries for a range of conditions and ailments.

Most notably Liquorice is said to maximize the qualities of other herbs and act as a ‘harmonizing’ agent in herbal tinctures and remedies, and for this reason it is present in around 50% of all Chinese herbal medicine formulas.

Traditionally Liquorice has been – and continues to be – used as a tonic for many ailments, including:

  • colds, flu, coughs and sore throat
  • asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions, including emphysema
  • viral infections
  • liver problems, acid reflux, ulcers and digestion
  • athlete’s foot and other fungal conditions
  • gout
  • fatigue
  • depression

Some herbalists even recommend Liquorice in the treatment of tuberculosis, virus-associated cancers and HIV.

For further information on the medicinal properties and uses of Liquorice we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.