The fiber from this root is purported to have numerous health benefits and often extracted for use as a food additive or supplement.
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. Chicory root has a mild laxative effect, increases bile from the gallbladder, and decreases swelling. Chicory is a rich source of beta-carotene.
Chicory products can be found online, at most leading alternative health and lifestyle retailers.
Ingredients (Makes 1 Cup)
2 tablespoons ground or chopped Chicory root
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick (whole, not powdered)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of your choice (optional)
Boil the water in a sauce pan.
In a tea kettle, put in Chicory root and the cinnamon stick. Pour the boiling water into the tea kettle. Cover the kettle and let the tea steep for 3 to 5 minutes.
Remove the cinnamon stick, then pour the tea into a blender along with the coconut oil. Blend the tea and oil on high for 15 to 30 seconds. Alternatively you can just strain out the chunks of root with a cheese cloth.
Pour the tea into a cup. Add in honey or other sweeteners of your choice, if you wish. Serve and enjoy while warm.