Cichorium intybus, other names – wild chicory, roadside grass, blue flower. A perennial herbaceous plant of the Aster family (Asteraceae), up to 120 cm high. The stem is straight, rough, branched in the upper part, the stem leaves are sharp-toothed lanceolate, large beautiful blue or lilac inflorescences are located in their axils.
The root is thickened. The flowering time is June-August. The plant is widespread in the European part of Russia and Siberia. Occurs in meadows, near roads, in fields.
There are contraindications, you need to consult a specialist
Almost all parts of the plant are used as medicinal raw materials, but most often its roots. The time of harvesting the roots is September-October. The roots are dug up, cleaned from the ground, quickly washed with water and cut into pieces, and dried in the shade or in dryers at a low temperature (not higher than 50 degrees). The grass is harvested in June-August during flowering, dried in the shade. Ready raw materials are stored in dry, ventilated rooms.
The plant has been used as a medicine and vegetable crop since ancient times. The Egyptians used chicory as a digestive aid. The first surviving information about chicory in Russia dates back to the 19th century.
In folk medicine, a decoction of the roots and an infusion of herbs are used in case of loss of strength, to improve metabolism, digestion, with jaundice and hepatitis, cholelithiasis, stomach, and duodenal ulcers, with allergies, as a mild choleretic, diuretic, and laxative, has a thyreostatic effect ( beneficial effect on the thyroid gland). An infusion of flowers calms the central nervous system, enhances the activity of the heart, slows down its rhythm.
A fresh infusion of the herb and a decoction of the roots lowers blood sugar levels and is a natural, almost non-toxic remedy for mild diabetes. Chicory performs well when included in collections with other plants, acts as a catalyst. In an independent form, it helps well with diseases of the liver, stomach, spleen.
Chemical composition – Chicory root contains bitterness, tannins, sugars, choline, minerals, and inulin (during heat treatment, it is converted into hydroxymethylfurfural, which resembles a coffee smell in aroma). Bitter substances, triterpenes, vitamin C and B vitamins were found in the ground part of the plant.
- With cirrhosis and other liver diseases, you need to chop the whole plant: root, stem, leaves. Pour 2 tablespoons of raw materials with 0.5 liters of boiling water, boil for another 15 minutes on low heat, then remove from heat, add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of fruit vinegar to the broth. Take the decoction hot.
- For eczema, prepare a remedy at the rate of 2 teaspoons of herbs per 1 cup of boiling water, leaving for 15-20 minutes. Apply the squeezed grass to the affected areas until the spots disappear, leaving behind a small general red spot.
- With a trophic ulcer, the drug is prepared according to the recipe above, and the compress is placed overnight.
- For pain in the stomach, chop the whole plant, take 40 g per 1 liter of cold water, bring to a boil, boil on low heat for 15 minutes, insist for 1 hour, strain. Take half a cup 23 times a day half an hour before meals.
- For constipation and indigestion, brew 1 tablespoon of chicory with a glass of boiling water and leave for about an hour. Take 1/3 cup 3 times a day.
Contraindications for use:
Serious contraindications to chicory have not been identified. Side effects can be agitation and a strong cough, as well as excessive appetite, which must be taken into account in case of fullness and obesity.
- Chicory is used as an alternative to coffee. According to observations, if you drink a cup of chicory with honey and lemon every morning on an empty stomach, then hypertension, even with a predisposition to it, will not develop. In Russia, as of 1913, the area planted with chicory was 400 hectares. And now the main share of the chicory roots obtained is in the Yaroslavl region, especially in Rostov the Great.
Chicory coffee recipe. Wash the chicory root, cut into circles 5-7 mm thick, put in a frying pan over medium heat, fry. The degree of roasting is chosen to taste, the darker the roots, the more noticeable the bitterness. Sift the finished “coffee” through a colander to remove burnt particles.
- To obtain tender and nutritious greens, lettuce varieties of chicory are grown, which show themselves very well in dietary nutrition for diabetes. Green salad chicory is rich in vitamins, potassium salts, carotene, iron, phosphorus, inulin. Only the young leaves of the plant are used for food. They are used in a variety of ways – for preparing salads, soups, green cocktails, and filling pies.
- Chicory is a clock plant. In the morning sundial, the flowers are open, but as the day turns to even, the lovely blue flowers close completely. On cloudy days the flowers are always closed.
- Chicory is a good honey plant.
- When adding chicory to cow feed, milk yield, and milk quality increase.
We draw your attention to the fact that it is desirable to eliminate any problem at three levels: physical, energetic, and spiritual. The recipes contained in the article are not a guarantee of recovery. The information provided must be considered as capable of helping, based on the experience of traditional and modern medicine, the multifaceted action of herbal remedies, but not as a guarantee.