Licorice is the root of a perennial herb native to Europe and Asia. Along with its popularity as a flavoring agent in foods and beverages, it has also been used to make coughs more productive and as a vitalizing herbal tonic.* In Chinese medicine, licorice is used as a harmonizing herb across formulas for a range of concerns. The herb may also be helpful in supporting respiratory and lower digestive function.*
We do not recommend use of licorice by persons with hypertension, liver disorders, edema, severe kidney insufficiency, low blood potassium, heart disease with edema, or congestive heart failure.