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Chicory (Cichorium intybus)



digestive, appetite-stimulating, diuretic, laxative, hemostatic, antibacterial, antifungal, liver-protective, analgesic

Areas of application:

Headaches and flatulence caused by metabolic disorders, stimulates liver and kidneys, loss of appetite, digestive problems, ulcers, liver diseases, bile problems, jaundice, fatty liver, metabolic disorders, spleen, mood: to a more relaxed mood and better mood, skin diseases, intestinal sluggishness, intestinal worms, parasites, skin impurities , redness, pain, staphylococci, bacillus, salmonella, E. coli, micrococci, athlete's foot, ringworm, tinea cruris, malaria, diabetes - lowers blood sugar levels

Plant parts used:

Leaves, flowers and roots

Collection time:

Leaves in summer and roots in autumn

To find:

On dry roadsides, meadow edges, right next to the road


Inulin, tannins, bitter substances, sugar, minerals, potassium, vitamins, intybin


☕ Tea: 1 teaspoon of root or herb is added to 1/4 liter of cold water and boiled for 2 minutes. Drink after straining. 3 cups per day are sufficient.

As a tea blend, it can be mixed with 3 other herbs, such as dandelion, centaury, peppermint, burdock root, milk thistle and fumitory.

The chicory grows up to 120 cm or more and is easily recognized by its purple flowers. The stems are strong with hairy lower stems. The alternately lobed leaves are coarsely toothed and resemble dandelion leaves in appearance. The lower leaves are covered with hairs and grow up to 20 cm long. Both the stems and leaves secrete milky latex when cut. Chicory has numerous flower heads, each about 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide and occurring in clusters of two or three. The light blue-violet, rarely pink or white flowers bloom from July to October. The petals are in two rows and are serrated at the end. The flowers are open in the morning but close in the heat of the day. Its root is a thick, fleshy, bitter taproot.

Chicory is one of the old Germanic magical plants. If you rub yourself with the juice of the herb or the root, you will become more popular and it will be easier to achieve what you want.

The white-flowering chicory is one of the miracle flowers that should only be picked by a Sunday child (how good that I am one and then it was Easter Sunday too😊).

There are many sayings and legends about the chicory; it is used in incense, magic spells, as protection, etc.

Royal chicory is an importer plant for potassium.

For diabetics, chicory root is a healing food due to its high inulin content.

Hildegard von Bingen: Hildegard calls the plant sun vortex and it is unclear whether the application she describes is actually for chicory or for dandelions. An indication could be the following statement about the plant: "But anyone who carries it with them, like someone who wants to rule over other people, will be hated by them." This agrees with those of Dr. Bach discovered properties of the chicory. This is probably why the description of a digestive remedy refers to chicory. Take equal parts chicory and large burdock and dry them in the sun or on a hot brick. Then grind this into powder and add a third of the plant's weight in roasted salt. Drink this often in the evening after eating and digestion will come at the right time. And in this way the herb is a medicine.

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