Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) 1oz

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Licorice is a flowering shrub-like plant in the pea and bean family found throughout Asia and now naturalized in some parts of Europe. The herb’s genus name of Glycyrrhiza is derived from the Greek word glukurrhiza, which translates to “sweet root.” The name is well chosen since licorice root contains compounds that provide much more sweetness than cane sugar. Aside from its use in making candies and lozenges, licorice root is used to flavor many types of beverages, including teas, carbonated soft drinks, beers and cordials. Licorice root is also used decocted to produce infusions, tinctures and syrups.


Licorice is a perennial plant in the bean family found in certain parts of Europe and Asia. The plant grows on a spreading root system that consists of fibrous, wood-like parts that branch out horizontally under the ground. The root, sometimes referred to as sweet root, yields a sweetness many times more potent than that of ordinary sugar.

This characteristic is why licorice root is used in making various confections, including the popular rope-like sweet treat. Licorice root is also used to make lozenges, syrups and teas.

culinary Use to make teas and to flavor liquors, beer and homemade soda. Licorice root may also be added to Asian soups.
industrial Licorice is used in the food, beverage, fragrance and pharmaceutical industries.

Check with your physician before using this herb if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma or diabetes. May increase the effects of diuretics and other medicines.

1oz dried Licorice Root pieces