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Chicory

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Republic of South Africa, Pretoria
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Description
Description:
  • Perennial
  • Tall clump-forming perennial with a thick taproot and oblanceolate toothed leaves.
  • Bears clusters of sky-blue( occasionally pink or white) flowers throughout summer.
  • The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs).
  • Can grow in any well-drained soil.
  • Hardy.
  • Full sun.
Culinary Uses:
  • Flowers can be added to salad.
Parts Used:
  • Leaves, flowers, roots, sap.
  • The root is best harvested in autumn.
  • The leaves are harvested as the plant comes into flower.
Medicinal Uses. It is said that:
  • Chicory resembles the dandelion in its medicinal action.
  • Like dandelion, it also has diuretic properties and can be used for treating rheumatism and gout, because it eliminates uric acid from the body.
  • A tincture made from the whole plant has an anti-inflammatory activity.
  • Has a tonic affect upon the liver and digestive tract.
  • A decoction of the root has proved to be of benefit in the treatment of jaundice, liver enlargement, gout and rheumatism.
  • A decoction of the freshly harvested plant is used for treating gravel.
  • The plant is used in Bach flower remedies - the keywords for prescribing it are 'Possessiveness', 'Self-love' and 'Self-pity'
Other Uses:
  • Chicory is well known for its toxicity to internal parasites - used over the world as a forage supplement for farm animals.
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