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Blue Dandelion, Garden Chicory, Wild Chicory

(Cichorium Intybus)

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  • Chicory Root Herbal Description
  • Chicory Root Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
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  • Chicory Root Safety, Cautions & Interactions
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    Chicory (Cichorium intybus) is also known as Chicory Root, Blue Dandelion, Blue-Sailors, Coffeeweed, Endive, Garden Chicory, Succory, Wild Chicory, Common Chicory, and Wild Succory.

    chicory flower

    Chicory is a perennial member of the daisy family that grows wild along roadsides and in fields throughout North America. Chicory is a larger relative of the dandelion. Its large taproot has been used as a coffee substitute for generations, especially when coffee was unavailable. Chicory can be eaten as a food. Chicory's leaves are used in salads and spring tonics in the same way as dandelion greens.

    In Europe, roasted Chicory root was grown in large quantities and used as a coffee additive or substitute beverage, making it the number one coffee substitute. It is high in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, and has the highest concentration of inulin of any other plant that contains inulin.

    Ancient Romans used this herb for liver ailments. Chicory is an herb and root that has been known for its curative benefits since the 1st Century A.D. A scraggly plant with blue flower heads, oblong leaves that resemble a crosscut saw and has numerous stiff hairs on the underside. It has been cultivated along the Nile in Egypt for thousands of years. Charlemagne listed it as one of the herbs he required be grown in his garden. It was brought to North America from Europe in the 18th century, and is now established quite well here. Chicory may grow to a height of five feet and has a long taproot.

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    Traditionally, the root of the plant was used to treat jaundice and other liver ailments. The leaves and flowers can aid in digestion. The bruised leaves are used externally as a poultice for the relief of swellings, skin lacerations, and inflammations, but are also used as a leafy green vegetable in salads.

    The French and Europeans believe that Chicory, when added to coffee, counteracts the coffee’s acidic quality and its adverse effect on the stomach. This herb has tonic, laxative, and diuretic properties similar to dandelion. Egyptian scientific studies have shown that Chicory root can slow a rapid heartbeat, and that it has a mild heart stimulating benefit similar to digitalis. In folk medicine, Chicory root is valued primarily as a mild non-irritating tonic with diuretic and laxative effects. In Egyptian folk medicine, it is used for tachycardia (rapid heartbeat). In Pakistan, the root has been used as a folk medicine for liver disease. A decoction of the dried root is a noted treatment for stomach acidity. The tonic property of Chicory makes it an excellent mild bitter tonic for the liver, gallbladder, and digestive tract. This herb is also used for rheumatic conditions and gout.

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    Chicory helps support the body’s ability to absorb Calcium. Calcium is a nutrient that helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. The fibers that are extracted from Chicory root called Raftilin Inulin and Raftilose Oligofructose are fibers that cannot be digested by the small intestine. Instead, they are fermented by bacteria in the large intestine, leading to the increased absorption of Calcium and other minerals. Oligofructose is an example of prebiotic or non-digestible food ingredient that benefits health by supporting the growth of one or several types of bacteria in the colon. A study done in 2002 indicates that Inulin appears to lower the risk of Colon Cancer, of course more research needs to be done. Please do not confuse Inulin with Insulin for they are two different things.

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    The German Commission E, in 1990 published that the dried parts, above ground or below, of the Chicory can be used for loss of appetite and dyspepsia. Also stated that this herb contains bitter principles, Inulin and pentosans.

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    Chicory comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. For best results, read and follow product label directions.

    Chicory constituents include up to one-third inulin (not to be confused with insulin). Chicory contains a special class of carbohydrates known as fructans; a group containing inulin and oligofructoses. These carbohydrates feed the symbiotic bacteria living in the intestine rather than the human body itself. They allow the healthy bacteria in the colon to produce short chain fatty acids that help prevent colon cancer, but they do not serve as a food source of pathogenic bacteria. The bacterial fermentation of fructans in the intestine changes its chemistry so that the human body absorbs calcium and magnesium much more readily from other foods, so much so that consuming endive and similar vegetables demonstrably builds stronger bones. These complex sugars also lower cholesterol and triglycerides.

    Parts of the plant used are the root and leaves, dried. The root is usually granulated and roasted for a near precise coffee-like flavor.

    Typical Chicory preparations included teas and heated beverages. Rarely used in capsule form. To prepare Chicory tea, pour boiling water on about 1/2 to 3/4 of a teaspoon of dried Chicory. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain and you have your tea.

    It is best to consult with your health care provider if you have a heart condition and want to use Chicory root as a treatment.


    There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Chicory root when taken in the recommended doses.

    Safety in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.

    If you are taking any medications: prescription or over-the-counter, it is best to seek the advice of your health care provider before using Chicory for the treatment of your condition.

    In the case of Gallstones, only use after you have consulted your health care provider. Avoid excessive consumption if you have gallstones.


  • Chicory Herbal Products



    Chicory is nutritionally important for what it does rather than what it contains. It contains a special class of carbohydrates known as fructans, a group containing inulin (not to be confused with insulin) and oligofructoses. These carbohydrates feed the symbiotic bacteria living in the intestine rather than the human body itself. They allow the healthy bacteria in the colon to produce short chain fatty acids that help prevent colon cancer, but they do not serve as a food source of pathogenic bacteria. The bacterial fermentation of fructans in the intestine changes its chemistry so that the human body absorbs calcium and magnesium much more readily from other foods, so much so that consuming endive and similar vegetables demonstrably builds stronger bones. These complex sugars also lower cholesterol and triglycerides.


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    Enjoy this deep and invigorating coffee alternative and general tonic. This shockingly good brew has a remarkable similarity to coffee thus making it the ideal alternative to coffee drinkers who are attempting to limit their intake of this highly caffeinated beverage. Rooty, roasted, and caffeine-free! A light chocolate color, the taste is heavy, dark and rich with a bold roasted flavor. The aroma is earthy and roasted with a hint of caramel and chocolate. Contains: organic roasted Dandelion root, organic roasted Chicory root, organic roasted Carob, and organic Maca powder.
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    These delicious lozenges melt in your mouth to cool your throat for immediate relief with Peppermint and Cinnamon essential oils. Myrrh resins and a patented, freeze dried extract of Sage offer a lasting emollient effect. Freeze dried Aloe Vera gel, known for its natural mucilaginous properties, completes this formula offering soothing throat support. Contains: Chicory root (Chichorium intybus), Honey freeze-dried extract, Sage Leaf freeze dried extract (Salvia officinalis), organic Aloe Vera leaves concentrated gel, freeze-dried extract (Aloe Vera), Myrrh Gum resin, freeze-dried extract (Commiphora myrrha), Peppermint Essential Oil (Mentha piperita), Cinnamon Essential Oil (Cinnamomum spp.), Cane sugar, Mint natural flavor, (Mentha spp.). 20 Lozenges


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    A blend of Carob, Chicory, Ginger, Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Clove, Licorice, Cardamom and Fennel. Traditionally this tea is prepared with milk and sweetened generously.
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    A robust root tea blend with Carob, Chicory Root, Sarsaparilla, roasted Dandelion, Cinnamon, Fennel, Crystal Malt and Coconut.


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