Licorice root, which is considered one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies, comes from the root of the licorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra).
Native to Western Asia and Southern Europe, licorice has long been used to treat various ailments and flavor candies, drinks, and medicines.
Medicinal use of licorice dates back to ancient Egypt, where the root was made into a sweet drink for pharaohs. Licorice root is used both as a flavoring agent and medicinal treatment.
As a result, chronic and large doses of licorice root products may trigger several dangerous symptoms, including: