Licorice, Yashtimadhu, Mithi-lakdi, Mulathi, Liquorice, sweetwood, licorice root Atimadhuram, Erattimadhuram, Liquorice
Native to Southern Europe and Western and Central Asia
Licorice is a traditional herbal remedy with an ancient history and world wide usage. Licorice has a long and highly varied record of uses. It was and remains one of the most important herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Among its most consistent and important uses are as a demulcent (soothing, coating agent) in the digestive and urinary tracts, to help with coughs, to soothe sore throats, and as a flavoring. It has also been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat conditions ranging from diabetes to tuberculosis. Liquorice has been used extensively in the soft drink and confectionary making industry.