An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.


Licorice, Wild - Glycyrrhiza lepidota - family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae) (Mimosaceae) (Pea Family) (Pulse Family) (Mimosa Family).

This rhizome-based perennial plant grows to about four feet high. It has compound leaves with lance-shaped dark green leaflets. In the spring and summer it has spikes of pea-like flowers of yellow or white. Following the flowers are bur-covered pods which contain the seeds. Traditional Native American folk use of roots and rhizomes as a food. Traditional Native American folk use of roots as a remedy for fever. Traditional Native American folk use of chewed roots as a remedy for sore throats and toothaches. Traditional Native American folk use of leaves as a poultice for earaches. Note: Licorice has a high sodium content. Note: it should not be taken by persons with high blood pressure, liver problems, gall bladder problems, heart disease or kidney problems. Note: do not use if you suffer from low blood potassium. Note: with long-term use, Licorice may cause medical problems such as asthma, headaches, high blood pressure and indigestion. Note: do not take if pregnant or nursing. Native to eastern, central and western North America.


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