Licorice grows wild in southern and central Europe and is extensively cultivated in Russia, Spain, Persia and India. It is widely known for its sweet taste and breath freshening nature but has also been proven to be an excellent natural remedy to treat various health ailments. Licorice is widely used as a flavoring, not only for candy but also in cough drops, syrups, tonics and laxatives. The sweet root can be chewed as a special treat. It also aids in digestion, in treating stomach ulcers, constipation, acid reflux and has anti-inflammatory properties.