Botanical Name: Cichorium intybus
- English: Chicory
- Ayurveda: Kaasani.
- Also, known as: Succory, Wild Succory, Hendibeh, Barbe de capuchin, Kaasani Dashti (Barri), Kasinikkeerai, Achicoria, Blue Sailors, Cheveux de Paysans, Chicorée, Chicorée Amère, Chicorée Sauvage, Cichorii Herba, Cichorii Radix, Common Chicory Root, Écoubette, Herbe à Café, Hinduba, Kasani, Kasni, Racine de Chicorée Commune, Wild Chicory, Wild Endive, Yeux de Chat
Habitat: Europe & Asia
Parts Used: Root
Cichorium intybus is a perennial plant. The stems are erecting and multi branched and 2-3 feet in height. The lower leaves of the plant are large and spreading – thickly covered with hairs, something like the form of the Dandelion leaf, except that the numerous lateral segments or lobes are in general direction about at a right angle with the central stem, instead of pointing downwards, as in similar portions of the leaf of the Dandelion. Bright or light blue flowers grow in clusters of two or three, opening with the sunrise and closing by midday. The general aspect of the plant is somewhat stiff and angular. Found in open or grassy areas, along roadsides and parking lots.
Chicory leaves are often eaten like celery, and the roots and leaf buds are boiled and eaten. Chicory is also used as a cooking spice and to flavor foods and beverages. Coffee mixes often include ground chicory to enhance the richness of the coffee
It has been suggested that the name Succory came from the Latin succurrere (to run under), because of the depth to which the root penetrates.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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