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Liquorice originates in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and has been cultivated in Europe since at least the 16th century.

The first mention of liquorice was recorded on ancient Assryian tablets and Egyptian papyri, as they recognized the benefits of liquorish for coughs, colds and chills. The Greeks learned about the sweet root from the Scythians, so Theophrastus named it scythian in the 3rd Century BC, declaring it god for lung disease. Later it descriptively became glycyrrhiza from the Greek words glykys, meaning "sweet", and rhiza, "root".

  • Liquorice is called a "Natural cough drop and expectorant" as it helps treat inflammations of the upper respiratory system.

  • It has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

  • Internally, liquorice is used to treat asthma, bronchitis, coughs, peptic ulcers, arthritis and allergic reactions.

  • Externally, the root is used in the treatment of herpes, eczema and shingles.

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