A perennial herb having a network of woody rhizomes and erect stems with pale purple or white flowers. Plants are ready for harvesting after 3-5 years, the entire plant is dug up and the rhizomes are cut and washed.
One of the most widely known and used medicines of ancient history, both by the Assyrians and Chinese since around 2000 BC.
Used for both flavoring and medicine, many sweets, drinks and liqueurs are made from the licorice juice by boiling the rhizomes. Widely used in bronchial problems such as stuffy nose, bronchitis, cold, flu and coughs. Also used in Chinese medicine.
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