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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

CHICORY


Latin Name: Chicorium intybus

Alternate Names: Endive, Succory, Watcher Of The Road, Barbe De Capucin (Beard Of The Monk)

Family: ASTERACEAE

Parts Used: Root (collected before flowering), leaves.

Properties: Antibacterial, Appetizer, Astringent, Bitter Tonic, Cholagogue, Depurative, Digestive Tonic, Diuretic, Hepatic, Laxative, Nutritive, Stimulant, Stomach Tonic, Tonic

Internal Uses: Acne, Cellulite, Constipation, Diabetes, Eczema, Gallstones, Gastritis, Gout, Hepatitis, Jaundice, Liver Stagnation, Lymphatic Cancer, Rheumatism, Urinary Infections

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules, Syrup.
It is a mild laxative. Chicory is helpful for diabetics, since it contains inulin, a natural starch. It also promotes bile secretions and aids in the elimination of mucus and gallstones.

Topical Uses: Abscess, Boils, Inflammation

Topical Applications: The leaves are used as a poultice for inflammation, abscesses and boils.

Culinary uses: Young leaves are used in salads and as a cooked green, before the plant flowers. The buds can be pickled. Flowers are a beautiful edible garnish to salads and other dishes. The flowers may also be candied. Gather early in the day, as the flowers close in the afternoon. The root can be baked or sauteed as a vegetable. The root is roasted, which sweetens it, and then used as a coffee substitute or extender, as seen in Louisiana-style coffee.

Energetics: Bitter, Sweet, Cool, Moist.

Chemical Constituents: Inulin, sesquiterpene lactones (lactucine, lactupicrine), vitamins B, C, K and flavonoids, coumarins.

Contraindications: Excessive use can cause digestive disturbances and visual problems.

Comments: The species name, intybus, is derived from the Latin and Egyptian word tybi, meaning January, the month when Chicory leaves were most often eaten in that part of the world. Chicory is believed to be the flower of luck in German mythology. It is also one of the traditional bitter herbs of Passover.
Cows love to graze upon Chicory, but it will make their milk taste bitter if eaten to excess. Goldfinches eat the wild seeds. The Swedish botanist, Linnaeus, used Chicory in his floral clock, as the flowers open and close with such regularity.

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