Common Names: Licorice

Scientific Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra, G. uralensis


This plant is often identified by its sweet taste. It is one of the most-often used herbs in Chinese medicine. It is woody, contrary to the idea of licorice candy we buy in stores.

General info: This herb is 50 times sweeter than sugar. It is known to be an antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and a laxative.

Parts Used: All parts may be used.

Uses: tea, syrup, candy, medicinal, dental, culinary

Storage: store in a cool dry place.

Medicinal Uses

This herb has many properties, including which were stated above. It can also act as an immune-modulator, and an immune-stimulant. The stems can even be used as a natural toothbrush and have been known to be very good for teeth and overall oral health.

Safety: Licorice, taken for long periods of time in large doses may increase blood pressure. Consult with your physician prior to using this plant, as it may interfere with other medications.

Books: “The 2011 World Market Forecasts for Imported Licorice Roots” by: Icon Group International