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'Arq Sous - Reglisse - Licorice

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'Arq Sous - Reglisse - Licorice

Licorice Root

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Definition:

Arabic: عرق السوس

French: réglisse

Moroccans refer to licorice by either its Arabic name, 'arq sous, or its French name, reglisse.

Licorice roots come from the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant. Infusions made from the root have both medicinal and culinary value; as such, it is not uncommon in Morocco to find hot licorice tea and cold licorice beverages prepared for refreshment and as tonics. The root is sometimes chewed to freshen the mouth.

Health Benefits of Licorice

Licorice extracts and infusions are used to treat fevers, respiratory and throat infections, gastric upset, intestinal disorders, stomach ulcers, Crohn's disease and more. It acts as an expectorant, has anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, and can help detox the body.

Alternate Spellings: ark-sous, ark souss
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