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What Is Licorice Root Good For?

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  • Licorice has antibacterial properties and has been found to help relieve stomach ulcers
  • Licorice is a useful cough remedy; it acts as an expectorant, helping to loosen and expel phlegm
  • Licorice root is beneficial for digestion and helps soothe irritation and inflammation of your digestive tract

The scientific name for licorice root, Glycyrrhiza, comes from "glukos" (sweet) and "riza" (root). This "sweet root" contains glycyrrhizin, a compound that can be up to 50 times sweeter than sugar. So it's not surprising that when many people think of licorice, they think of the confectionery by the same the name.

However, licorice is a perennial herb native to the Mediterranean that's been prized for its medicinal properties for centuries. In fact, its use is documented in Assyrian clay tablets and Egyptian papyri.

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