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LATIN NAME: Glycyrrhiza glabra

FAMILY: Fabaceae

GENUS: Glycyrrhiza

COMMON NAMES: Liquorice (British English) or licorice (American English)

ORIGIN: native to southern Europe and parts of Asia, such as India

DISTRIBUTION AREA: It grows wild in France, Italy, Southeast Europe (including Ukraine and Moldova), in North Africa (mainly in Libya), Western and Central Asia, occurs in the southern regions of the European part, Western Siberia and the North Caucasus.

HABITAT: It prefers sandy and alkaline soils, as well as hard black earth clay soils.

BOTANICAL INFORMATION:  Rhizome is thick, multi-headed, and woody. There are several stems, which are erect, simple or unbranched. Leaves are imparipinnate, 5-20 cm long. Flowers are 8-12 mm in diameter; corolla is whitish-violet, irregular, papillonaseus. The fruit is a straight or curved brown bean with 2-6 seeds. The seeds are kidney-shaped, shiny, greenish-gray or brownish. The plant blossoms from June to August. Fruits ripen in August - September.


Licorice roots contain:

  • polysaccharides, fatty acids (3-4%)
  • mono- and disaccharides (up to 20%)
  • proteins, tannins (8.3-14.2%)
  • pectins (4-6%)
  • resinous and bitter agents (2-4% each)
  • flavonoids (3-4%)
  • Essential oils (alcohols and their derivatives, aldehydes, ketones, terpenoids, aromatic compounds)
  • organic acids (fumaric, tartaric, succinic, citric, malic)
  • phenolic carboxylic acids (salicylic, sinomic, ferulic)
  • triterpene saponins
  • coumarins
  • alkaloids
  • steroids
  • vitamins A, B, E, K, PP, C, D
  • minerals (zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, sodium)

The top of the licorice includes:

  • tannic compounds (5.5%)
  • carbohydrates (2%)
  • fatty acids (6%)
  • coumarins (1.9-2.4%)
  • essential oils (0.02%)
  • organic acids (up to 2.5%)
  • flavonoids (kaempferol, isokvetsitrin, quercetin)
  • betaine
  • saponins
  • triterpenoids
  • vitamins A, C, E
  • minerals (selenium, copper, phosphorus)


Don’t take licorice in the following situations:

  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding
  • High blood pressure
  • Surgery


Infusion: Add 10 gr of dried licorice root to 500 ml of boiling water, infuse for 8 hours, then strain. Take 35 drops 3 times a day.

Decoction: Simmer 30 gr of licorice in 500 ml of water for 10 minutes. Then cool it and strain. Take 15 ml 4 times a day.

Licorice tincture: Pour 500 ml of vodka over 100 gr of dried, crushed licorice root. Put the mixture in a dark place for 15 days, then strain. Take 35-40 drops for no more than 10 days.

“Licorice root has been used for medical purposes in many cultures for thousands of years”

J. Kavin Kelp

*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements.