Licorice comes from licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) which belongs to the pea family, it is a shrub that has long roots (8-10 m long). Licorice root thrives in drier climates such as around the Mediterranean, Iran, China and in some parts of North America and Australia.
Licorice root contains triterpene compounds: glycyrrhizin, echinic acid and flavonoids: flavone, chalcone and isoflavone derivatives but also sucrose, resins, starch, betanin and glucose.
Licorice root has long been used in herbal treatment for a number of different contexts, such as for the stomach.
You who suffer from high blood pressure should be careful with the intake of licorice.