Lovage Levisticum officinale
- Common Names
- Botanical Name
- Levisticum officinale
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Lovage
How to Use| Side Effects | Plant & Garden|
- Medicinal Uses: * Aromatherapy
- Properties: * Antispasmodic * Aromatic * Carminative * Diaphoretic * Diuretic * Emmenagogue * Nervine
- Parts Used: leaves, root, seeds
- Constituents: quercetin. the root also contains 1,8-cineole, camphor, coumarins, eugenol, limonene, and methol
How to Use: Lovage
Preparation Methods & Dosage : Fresh or dried Lovage leaves may be eaten as a vegetable, or used in soups and as a garnish, much like parsley. Also found in tinctures and extracts.
Lovage Side Effects: Lovage root contains furanocoumarins which can lead to photosensitivity.
immature plant in spring
- Flowers:Umbrel yellow flowers
- Plant Class:Perennial herb
- Leaves:Large, dark green, radical leaves, aromatic odor
- Root: Thick, fleshy, carrot-like
- Preferred Habitat:
- Flowering Season:June, July
- Distribution:Introduced to North America by English colonists, it now grows wild in New England, the Great Lakes states, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Regional Traditions :North America *
How to Grow Lovage
Plant these tall, leafy plants at the back of the garden where their 6 ft height will not be an issue. The leaves and seeds of this overgrown parsley-type plant are used for medicinal and culinary uses. Lovage is considered a "magic bullet" companion plant; much as borage helps protect almost all plants from pests, so lovage is thought to improve the health of almost all plants.
History and Traditions & FolkloreA member of the same family as dill, angelica, and parsley, the botanical name, Levisticum can be translated "from Liguria". The Romans brought lovage from the Ligurian coast of Italy to Britain. Lovage came to America with the English colonists and was brought over for both food and medicine.