Several decades ago, white coffee chicory was very popular and many people liked to drink for breakfast, with cakes, biscuits or bread only – because it is so very delicious.
It was a pretty nice habit since the chicory healthy and with it does not contain caffeine, so there is no fear of side effects that this substance can cause in susceptible persons.
Our goal now is to remind you to this plant, as well as the benefits they provide, while good old chicory patiently waiting as a desirable substitute for coffee.
Chicory is a perennial plant and its Latin name is Cichorium intybus. Flowers from July to September, and begins to ripen in August.
The root of the plant is taken out after that until the spring, although the highest quality used to take the fall. Then dried, ground and prepared from them is a drink similar to coffee.
Hacked to pieces used for tea. It is drinking for pleasure or as a treatment.
The above-ground parts of the plant are also edible. Blue flowers may find their place in a salad separately or together with the leaves in folk medicine used as medicine.
Chicory is our white coffee
Chicory in the first place has a beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal tract (digestive system of the body) and is traditionally used for the treatment of gastritis, colitis, and to stimulate appetite because contain the bitter substances.
Stimulates digestion, strengthens the stomach and cleans, purifies the liver, spleen and kidneys, stimulates bile secretion and excretion of urine, leaflets anemia and jaundice.
As artichoke root of this plant contains more starch inulin which makes it suitable for diabetics because it does not affect the increase in the level of sugar in the blood.
In fact, chicory roots are more than that because it stimulates metabolism since it has a hypoglycemic effect of doubly useful for people who have a milder form of diabetes.
Tea from chicory root
Preparation: put 1/2 teaspoon dried root boiled in 2 dl of water on low heat for 5 to 8 minutes.
Remove from heat and after 15 minutes filtrated. It`s good to drink 3 to 4 cups of this tea a day.
Tea from the flowers – of chicory is prepared so that 1 teaspoon of dried flowers poured with 2 dl of boiling water and after 2 hours, strains it.
It is consumed twice a day with 1 dl. Chicory in this form has a calming effect on the nervous system, relieves insomnia, slows the heart rate, but this should not drink tea pregnant women because it increases the amplitude of contractions, therefore, can cause premature labor.
Generally, chicory it is considered healthy plant. When you use chicory instead of coffee, its picks a great way to eliminate or at least reduce your caffeine intake.
In parallel, the good old chicory will improve the health of the liver, purify the blood and stomach, and these are the very important things for the body.