Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Dwarf chicory
Common name:

Dwarf chicory

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Hebrew name:

עולש מצוי

Scientific name:

Cichorium pumilum


Asteraceae (Composte)

Arabic name:

הנדבא / עילת

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annual plant
0.4-1 m
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Common in most parts of the country, especially in heavy alluvial soils, uncultivated lands, roadsides, gardens and grain fields.
 - Cichorium pumilum
Chicory is an annual herb growing in almost all parts of Israel, its stems are slanted, and its leaves are hairy and pinnate. The Flowers grow in the lap of the stalks, in blue color.
  All parts of the plant are used in the folk medicine - to treat anemia, loss of appetite, urinary tract infections, and high blood sugar. It's considered as the best cure for liver disease and for purification of the blood from infections.
For treating leaver disease and cleansing the blood
 The simplest and recommended way is to eat foods that Chicory is an important component in them: salads, vegetable patties and soups. 
Other way is to brew a handful of leaves in a liter of boiling water. Wait for about fifteen minutes, strain and drink 3 cups a day. 
Another way is to cut 500 g roots, and cook it for half an hour in a glass of water. Near the end of cooking add half a cup of water and a cup full of sugar. Stir it constantly, until you get thick syrup. Remove the syrup, drain and store in a glass jar. Eat 4 tablespoons a day.

The Arabs of Israel cook chicory leaves with onion and olive oil. This dish is considered one of the finest delicacies, made from field vegetables. 

Our ancestors grew Chicory in their vegetable gardens, and ate it: "All that is a human food  ... the chicory, the leek and the Portulaca " (Mishnah, seventh 7, 1). 
The ancient Jewish physician 'assaf  Ha rofeh'- Assaf the Jew, notes that cooked chicory leaves are used as a patch for abscess. 
Maimonides recommends chicory as the best cure for liver diseases. And Galen the great Greek physician from the second century calls it a "the liver best friend".
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