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Licorice root is one of the most widely used medicinal herbs worldwide. In Chinese medicine it is the single most used herb presently. It had been used by the Egyptian as flavoring in their traditional drink. A large number of Chinese herbal formulae use Licorice roots to sweeten tea and to harmonize contrasting herbs. It consists of Glycyrrhizin and complex immune-stimulant sugars. The main part used is the roots. It is used to prepare tea, tinctures and even the roots are chewed raw by people in some parts of the world as they taste good.
The distinctive flavor and sweetness of licorice comes from the glycyrrhizin. If you are suffering from high blood pressure, Licorice may harm your body. Also for people who use steroids or are asthmatic should avoid the use of this herb. Pregnant women should stay away from it as well.