Licorice root is often referred to as “sweet root” from the plant called Glycyrrhiza glabra. The early Egyptians loved licorice root; they used it in tea as a cure-all concoction. It was later imported to China where it became an important herb in Chinese medicinal tradition. There is a slight bitterness in taste, along with a sweetness, that is similar to anise and fennel.
Possible Health Benefits: It is used to soothe gastrointestinal problems by speeding the repair of the stomach lining. Also used for respiratory and adrenal gland health.