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The Best Coffee Substitute: Chicory Root
Did you know you can drink coffee that looks and tastes like coffee but it has no coffee in it?
If you don't like coffee like me or cannot drink it for health reasons but find it difficult not to I have a solution for you: chicory root coffee! It is the best substitute there is on Earth: it looks like, tastes like and can be prepared the same way as you would make coffee. You might ask: What is the difference? The main and most important one is that this substitute does not contain any caffeine! What is more chicory root is beneficial to your health as compared to coffee being a health hazard.
You see I never liked coffee but sometimes my blood presure was so low that my mum wanted to make me drink some - yes I know just the opposite of the usual scenario. No matter how sweet she made it or how much cream she added I could not drink it. I couldn't even eat chocolate which contained coffee in it even though I loved chocolate as all children do!
Chicory coffee is made out of the root of the chicory plant, also known as endive. This plant is found everywhere in meadows mainly and its roots grow large. This plan has got blue flowers - see image on the right and it is used as herbal tea - it is fantastic if you have problems with your liver and/or digestion. When the roots are harvested, they are dried and then ground giving us the powder called chicory coffee.
Chicory coffee is rich in vitamins and minerals, it has got 2% of the potassium and niacin (contributing to your heart functioning well and the health of your skin and nerves); and 1% of the calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and copper you need each day in one cup of chicory coffee .
Chicory coffee also eases constipation as it increases the flow of bile which supports digestion. Its inulin, a soluble fiber that feeds digestive flora in the intestines also can enhance digestion. Since it contains no glucose it can help in having optimal blood sugar levels while also increasing stool bulk which helps to eliminate toxins from the body.
It also has a high level of antioxidants that again promote the well-being of your body. These antioxidants play a key role in preventing illnesses and fighting free radicals.
Teeccino Organic Herbal Coffee, Maya Chocolate
Frontier Natural Products Organic Chicory Root Roasted
Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Beverage
Organic Caffeine-free Coffee Substitute By Ayurvedic Roast
Community Coffee Private Reserve Ground, 100% Chicory,
Leroux Regular Instant Chicory 3.5oz/100g 2 Pack
I discovered not long ago that coffee can be used as a natural hair dye. As you know from the introduction I can't stand coffee in any form so I thought of something big and made my own home-made shampoo with - guess what?- chicory coffee!
Here you will find the ingredients and the procedure as well. It's very easy to make and is suitable to all kinds of skulps. The rosemary essential oil is well known to be suitable to dry, or greesy hair at the same time and it also fights dandruff.
- Prep time: 5 min
- Cook time: 35 min
- Ready in: 40 min
- Yields: 20 washes
- plain organic shampoo - no coloring needed
- chicory coffee powder
- coffee brewer
- rosemary essential oil
- Make 1 cup coffee in the coffee brewer and let it cool - I prefer boiling coffee in the old fashioned way as you will see in the images below because I can make it to be really strong.
- Leave it for at least 30 minutes so that the colouring effect gets strong and lasting
- Pour it through a sieve to have only the fluid
- Take an empty shampoo holder and fill it halfway with chicory coffee
- Add the shampoo - leave some space at the top so it won't overflow when you put the lid on!
- Add 2-5 drops of rosemary essential oil, seal it and shake the ingredients together
- If you can leave it for 14 days before using it so that the ingredients "ripen" - but you can also use it immediately
- See your hair shine and get a dark brown tint at the same time
- Enjoy it!
The ingredients needed for the chicory coffee shampoo
Here you can buy everything needed for this shampoo