Commonly known as licorice root, ammonium glycyrrhizinate is an extract used to form gels and stabilize emulsions. It soothes skin irritations and regulates pH levels. Because of its sweet taste, licorice root is often used in toothpastes and throat lozenges.
Licorice root is used in a wide variety of medical and cosmetic products and sweeteners, due to its excellent anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic pharmacological effects. Some of these products include cough drops, cough syrups, tonics, laxatives, and antismoking lozenges. It can also aid in cases of food poisoning, ulcers, and heartburn because it is able to speed repair of the stomach lining. The extract has been used as an herbal remedy to enhance well-being and provide energy.