Blue chicory eyelashes gently touches the wind ... Lived was a long time ago in the Czech girl named Minting was her favorite man, and he appointed her to a meeting of the road. I have been waiting for a loved chasing, but it never came. Not because fall out of love, but because it was craftily killed by a rival. On hearing this, chasing stabbed in the heart of the dagger and turned into a blue flower that blooms every summer off the road, as if waiting for something ...

Chicory - Cichorium intybus L.   - Herbaceous perennial plant of the Asteraceae family. The plant has a straight, branched, ribbed stem up to six meters high. Basal leaves pinnately divided, large, stem - a small. Flowers are large, sky-blue, rarely White, located in the axils of leaves on the ends of the branches and assembled into the open baskets.

Chicory blooms from June until autumn. It gives a lot of pollen and nectar. Fruits - without pappus, achenes small. In chicory stout, fleshy fusiform long the root from which the prepared coffee substitute.

Chicory grows almost whole territory of Russia along the roads, on vacant lots, forest edges, on the slopes railway embankments along rivers, in fields, in the furrows and in the meadows. Cultivated in many European countries, based on it prepared drinks and medications.

In order to use medicinal herb blooming, which is collected in summer and the roots are dug in autumn.

Chicory is considered to be a very valuable herb because it has unique chemical composition . Chicory roots comprise vitamins A, E, B1, B2, B12 and PP, bitter extractives tsihorin, choline, fat, gum, essential oils, resins, tannins, inulin, proteins, sugar, pectin, tsikorevuyu, malic, citric and tartaric acids, and minerals - sodium, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, phosphorus ...

   Chicory was used in ancient Egypt and Rome as a means of improving digestion. Avicenna used the drugs for the treatment of chicory disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, eye inflammation, and gout. In Russia Chicory was cultivated from the beginning of the XIX century and until the revolution in order to obtain roots.

In folk medicine,   it was used for the prevention and treatment of diseases of the stomach, kidneys, nervous system, to dissolve stones in the gall bladder, in diseases of the cardiovascular system, diabetes and obesity.

- Tea made from chicory.   1 teaspoon of the mixture of grass roots or roots and pour 2 cups of cold water, put on fire, bring to a boil and simmer for 5-7 minutes. Strain. Take ½ cup 4 times a day for half an hour before meals.

- To improve the metabolism and weight loss . 3 tbsp. tablespoons herb chicory pour 800 ml of boiling water in a thermos, insist 2 hours, strain and take 1 glass 3 times a day for half an hour before meals. The course of the month. 2 weeks break and repeat the course.

Chicory has long been used in folk cosmetics.

- Infusion of herbs chicory with the rash, acne . 1 tbsp. spoon herb brew in a thermos and 1 cup of boiling water. Infuse for 30-40 minutes, drain, cool. Wipe face during the day or wet terry cloth towel on and put on face for 20 minutes. Wash is not necessary.

- For moisture and improve the complexion . A handful of herbs chicory crush, make a small amount of boiling water, cool to warm conditions and apply on face for 15-20 minutes. Wash is not necessary.

- To strengthen the hair and their growth . Article 4-5. tablespoons herbs and roots of chicory pour 1 liter of boiling water and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Pour into a thermos and insist 6-8 hours, drain and rub into the roots of the hair, then wet your hair completely and hold for 5-10 minutes. Squeeze the hair and allow to dry naturally.

- Bath with a decoction of chicory to help lose weight . 4 tbsp. l. chopped herbs to brew 2 cups boiling water in a thermos. Infuse 1 hour, strain, pour into the tub. Take a bath for 10-15 minutes. The course is 21 bath in 1-2 days.

In Asia a decoction of chicory in the morning every day pour children to protect against solar radiation, heat, and ... "evil eye."

Girls in the old washed in the mornings and evenings decoction of chicory not only to become more beautiful, but also to attract a good husband.

For this purpose scattered on the verge or on the windowsill of chicory petals at the full moon.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva