This perennial is deeply rooted, penetrating to a depth of up to 1.2m! The root is woody brown, wrinkled and yellow inside, with a sweet taste. It has graceful branching stems with smooth leaves arranged in pairs. Its flowers of pale blue, violet or yellow form fruiting pods in spring. It comes from the “pea” family.
Source: Organic Root from India
Folklore of Licorice Root:
3000BC to the Greeks:
Early Egyptians used licorice root as a cure-all. Roots were found in King Tut’s 3,000 year old tomb, attesting to the herbs’ value in ancient Egypt.
References to the plant are found in the early written works of China, India, Babylon and Assyria. The Greek historian Herodotus was so impressed by the way licorice could sustain the Scythian Army he suggested it be used in his home country Greece.
In the 1st century AD Dioscorides wrote the first comprehensive treatise on Materia Medica and this became the standard work for over a thousand years. His section on liquorice included its use in READ MORE HERE
- The Herbal Apothecary: JJ Pursell
- A Country Herbal: Lesley Gordon
- Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): the journey of the sweet root from Mesopotamia to England
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