Much of the long stretches of calming, blue flowers blooming in profusion along the waysides and highways during July and August in North America are Chicory flowers. Its restful presence not only delights the eye with its beauty, as an herb, it delights the body. Liver, kidneys, spleen, lymphatics, stomach and urinary pathways are relieved and disgorged of their morbid wastes with unroasted Chicory root. A substance called inulin (a carbohydrate), which makes up about one third of the root, provides the hypoglycemic (low blood sugar sufferer) and the diabetic (high blood sugar sufferer) with a non-irritating source of food. Inulin does not require the pancreas gland to produce insulin and thus, the blood sugar levels have a better chance to return to normal. Liver bile (gall) is stimulated and heart disorders are helped by reducing nerve irritation. Gout and skin eruptions are reduced by neutralizing uric acid. Joint stiffness is alleviated by the same action. Stomach mucus which inhibits absorption and prevents stomach juice secretion is cleared away, restoring digestive function. During the U.S. War Between The States when the Confederate troops could no longer get a steady supply of coffee, roasted Chicory root was consumed instead of coffee. To this day, some folks still add this roasted root to their coffee or, happily, drink it instead of coffee, as a delightful herbal beverage.
DOSE: 20 to 40 drops three to four times per day on or under the tongue. Use with a good bowel program to eliminate the wastes loosened and dissolved by Chicory. (See Cascara Sagrada, Buckthorn or C.C.E.-W.
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