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Biological Name: Cichorium intybuschicory

Other Names: wild succory, endive, Chicory, garden chicory, Succory, garden endive, wild chicory

Elements Applied: Root and green parts of the plant are applied in the period of blossoming.

Used For: The herb is known to induce urination, promote digestive functionality, induce bile movement, and boost one’s appetite.

Chicory is commonly prescribed for spleen conditions and jaundice. Leaf juice and tea produced from green plant parts in the period of blossoming are applied to induce additional bile secretion, gallstone evacuation, and excessive mucus discharge. The herb is also applicable for digestive dysfunction, loss of appetite, and gastritis. Rhizome decoction is thought to be effective for treating digestive gland conditions. To relieve aching inflammations, apply a cloth with boiled flowers and leaves.

Additional Info: Chicory belongs to perennials and is specially raised in Europe and the USA, where it is also met wild. The rhizome is yellow on the surface, white inside, and features milky juice with bitter taste. The branchy stem features lanceolate leaves. The flowers are blue to purple-colored and toothed at the top. The blossoming period starts in midsummer and ends in the first half of autumn.

Preparation and Intake: The rhizome should be collected in spring.

To make a decoction take a teaspoon of rhizome of green herb for half a cup of cold water, boil it up and filter the result. This should be used in a quantity of a cup to cup and a half per day, a swallow at a time.

Herb juice is taken at a dose of one tablespoon diluted in water or milk, thrice per day.

Safety: There is no data concerning the plant’s safety level. Still, it is possible that the herb interacts with the medicine you use. Speak with your health-care provider before taking the remedy.