Licorice Root, Organic, Origin: Eastern Europe and China. Licorice root has been known to reduce inflammation, allergies, asthma, gastritis, peptic ulcers, and sore throats. It helps the liver detoxify drugs and is given for liver disease. Licorice root has also been shown to strengthen the immune system. The roots contain glycyrrhizin, which is 50 times sweeter than sugar. **Avoid in cases of high blood pressure.