Chicory

Common name Chicory

Latin name Cichorium intybus

Parts used Whole Plant


System affinities

Chicory is most indicated for the digestive and circulatory systems.


Energetics/characteristics/flower essence/dosha

Chicory is energetically cooling, relaxing, and drying.  


Taste and quality

Chicory is bitter and acrid.


Indications

It is particularly indicated for diseases of the kidneys.  Its high iron content makes it a valuable herb in cases of anemia.  As a blood purifier it is good liver tonic, helping the body to remove toxins through its diuretic properties.  


History and lore

Many would be surprised to learn that chicory was once a highly esteemed, even sacred plant. In pre-Celtic times the plant was seen as an embodiment of the goddess of vegetation, the lovely daughter of Mother Earth. As her lover and husband is none other than the radiant sun god, son of the highest heavens, the chicory goddess always watches for him with her comely blue eyes. For the Greeks the plant was the enchanted nymph Cynthia, the lover of radiant Phoebus (the sun god Apollo). It’s not surprising, then, that an old name for chicory common in the Middle Ages was sponsa solis: sun’s bride.


Habitat

Chicory grows best in open field, along roadsides, and around waste areas. It lives as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and is now common in North America, China, and Australia.


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