Licorice root comes from, you got it, the root of the licorice plant. This Milwaukee Journal article states that the plant is related to the pea family of plants, but that it’s a perennial (meaning it comes back year after year) and its flavor is thanks to the sap in the long root system of the plant.
Licorice root also contains compounds that can increase retention of fluid and sodium. While these properties make it useful for reducing excessive thirst when water is scarce, they can also lead to an unwelcome elevation in blood pressure.
Licorice root extract doesn’t just numb the injured tissue or cover the sore, it reduces pain and helps speed healing. Even better, it offers a few bonus benefits.
Licorice root is known to have at least 25 anti-fungal compounds contained within it. This makes it a great help for anti-fungal remedies used internally and externally.
Licorice root has a high mucilage content meaning it gets slippery and slimy when it comes into contact with water, and this helps it to coat the mucous membranes inside the digestive tract. This makes licorice a valuable addition to remedies for digestive issues, diarrhea, sore throats, and ulcers.
Licorice root is also great for your gums.
Licorice root was used by people throughout history for stomach issues. Today it is still used for this purpose, although studies have shown that it has benefits for other things as well, again mainly because of the glycyrrhizin acid component of the root.
Licorice root is a plant that is traditionally found in Asia, Greece and Turkey. Licorice root been used in both traditional and non-traditional medicine over the past several thousand years for a variety of purposes.