Common Names: Achicoria, Blue Sailors, Chicoree, Cichorii Herba, Cichorium Intybus, Cichorii Radix, Common Chicory Root, Hendibeh, Hinduba, Kasani, Kasni, Succory, Wild Chicory, Wild Endive.
Scientific Name: Cichorium Intybus L., Compositae, Composite Family
Common Uses: Chicory is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, constipation, liver and gallbladder disorders, cancer, and rapid heartbeat. It is also used as a “tonic,” to increase urine production, to protect the liver, and to balance the stimulant effect of coffee. Some people apply a paste of chicory leaves directly to the skin for swelling and inflammation.
*Warnings: If you are allergic to chicory, don’t take it by mouth or handle it. Chicory may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking chicory.
Origin: Commonly cultivated and also are a common sight wild, along roadsides, in vacant lots, waste ground, and fields throughout the United States and Europe. Most of the United States cultivated Chicory is grown in Michigan State.