Medicinal use:

Glycyrrhiza glabra is used to treat a wide array of illnesses including lowering cholesterol levels, healing respiratory tract disorders and boosting immunity Sublevels. Recent studies have found that limiting the damage from low-density lipoprotein (‘bad’) cholesterol and contribute to the healthy functioning of the heart.

Traditional use:

Liquorice is also used as flavoring agent in soft drinks, and in some herbal teas where it provides a sweet aftertaste.

About the plant:

Glycyrrhiza glabra is a perennial growing to 1.2 m (4ft).

Vernacular names:

Common name:Licorice, Liquorice, Sweetwood
Hindi: jethi-madh, kubas-susa, mithilakdi
Kannada: atimadhura, jestamaddu
Malayalam: atimadhuram, erattimadhuram
Marathi: jashtimadh
Tamil: adimaduram
Telugu: athimathuram

Parts used:

Roots. Licorice root is extremely sweet.

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How to grow:

Light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils are suitable for licorice. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.


While Licorice is completely safe in small, infrequent amounts. Consult a doctor before using the herb.