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Chicory, Cichorium Intybus

Updated: Oct 27, 2019

"For the gods who grant him old age, yet a bit of lust for life, and the ability to enjoy the bitter taste of Chicory."- Horace

​Chicory was cultivated in Egypt over 5000 years ago, and known to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who used it as a salad ingredient and a vegetable. In 19th century France when Napoleon banned all imports, and coffee was scarce to come by. With no coffee coming in, the French took it upon themselves to mix dry Chicory root into what was left of their supply to stretch it as long as possible. It is still popular even drank alone in place of coffee. Known for its own distinct taste, its still used in coffee to this day- Café Du Monde makes nice blend. Chicory contains inulin, a type of prebiotic fiber that has been linked to increased weight loss and improved gut health It also contains some manganese and vitamin B6, two nutrients tied to brain health. It is a known skin soother, and if you ever make some tea with the flowers, be sure to save a little to use for a soothing eyewash (externally).

Ancient Egyptians would extract juice from the plant and mix it with oil to rub over their bodies, this was said to make one popular in social settings. Added to salads or food it is said to arouse passion. Chicory is a road opener. It is said to open doors, and help remove obstacles in your life. Burned on a charcoal along with red pepper it is said to strengthen a curse with an enemy, burn the flowers alone on a charcoal to help remove jinxes places on you. It is a clock flower, meaning it opens and closes with the sun. Clock flower's can be used in all spells or instances when you need to change time.

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