Chicory (Cichorium Intybus)
Cichorium intybus or Chicory as it is commonly known is a native of Europe but also grows in Australia and North America. It is also known as blueweed, blue dandelion, blue daisy, and coffee weed among others.
The plant has been eaten as a salad vegetable since the times of the Romans. It is also commonly used as fodder and for its root which adds a special flavor to the coffee.
Medicinally, cichorium has refrigerant, laxative, hepatic, diuretic, depurative cholagogue, anti-cancer, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used for detoxification, eliminating intestinal parasites, helps in eliminating uric acid build-up without depleting useful minerals, and helps the heart and liver (as a tonic).
It is also used for treating gout and rheumatism – almost the same way dandelion does. Taken regularly, chicory will provide protection against jaundice, gout, and rheumatic pains.
Cichorium contains inulin (a complex sugar), which is a probiotic that boosts the immune system. Inulin relieves constipation, aids weight loss, and improves bowel function.
It combines well with coffee, which is why it is most often used in this form and it does good for everyday ailments, such as sinus, digestive problems, constipation, and cuts and bruises.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!