AKA: Ligusticum officiinale, Loveroot, Love Parsley, Wild Celery, Old English Lovage, Italian Lovage, Cornish, Lovage, European Lovage, Lovose, Sea Parsley, Common Lovage, Cajoler’s Weed, Maggi Plant, Smellage, Levisticum, Maggiwurzel, Sauerkrautwurz
A member of the parsley family, Lovage is native to the Mediterranean region and grows wild as well in gardens, meadows and hedgerows throughout Europe. It has also made its way to England and North America. A true perennial Lovage is a stout plant with a thick grayish-brown, fleshy, carrot shaped root that is about six inches long. On top it sprouts thick, hollow stems that can grow up to six feet in height and produce dark green radical leaves that are similar to those of celery. Also like celery or angelica, the plant emits a aromatic odor when the surface is bruised. In the summer the plant puts out pale yellow flowers which turn into small yellowish brown fruit that are extremely aromatic. The whole plant emits a strong odor and has a warm, aromatic taste. It also releases a yellowish, gummy, aromatic juice when eaten. The plant thrives in sunny areas in moist rich soil.
Benefits and Uses
Used as a diuretic to relieve urinary problems
The entire plant is used medicinally, its main use being as a strong diuretic, encouraging lots of urine flow. This additional urine helps in cases of urinary difficulties, cystitis, and water retention. This increase flow of urine also helps flush the kidneys making it beneficial in helping with the elimination of gravel and kidney stones.
Lovage is also considered a stomachic, helping to strengthen and improve the functioning of the stomach. It helps improve appetite and relieve indigestion, colic, gastric catarrhand other stomach disorders. Lovagw is especially effective helping to relieve flatulence, with both ancient Greeks and modern medical writers extolling its gas and gripe relieving virtues.
Lovage is also considered to be an expectorant, helping to loosen and expel phlegm from the pulmonary system and is considered an excellent remedy in pleurisy cases. It is also considered to be a good diaphoretic, helping to induce perspiration, cooling the body and providing relief from fevers as well as helping push toxin out through the skin.
Lovage is also good at inducing menstruation and regulating flow in women. This helps relieve painful menstruation and cramps. This uterine stimulating property is also thought to help speed up a slow labor.
Lovage can also be used externally as a wash for skin problems, being effective against many disease causing organisms. It also makes a good gargle for a sore throat and can be used to treat canker sores in the mouth.
Take two capsules once or twice a day with water and food.
Pregnant or nursing woman should avoid lovage as should people with impaired or inflamed kidneys. Do not take Lovage if you suffer from edema because of kidney or heart disease. Overuse may cause kidney damage.