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Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!




LOVAGE (Levisticum officinale)

Lovage belongs to the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family, which encompasses carrots, parsely, angelica and celery. A perennial herb, Lovage's looks and smells are similar to celery.

Other common names for Lovage are love parsley,liveche, smallage, and the maggi plant (because the plant's reminiscent taste of Maggi soup seasoning).

Although origianally from Southern Europe, the herb Lovage has been naturalized to North America.

Every part of the plant, root to top is edible. The leaves and seeds are used in recipes and for medicinal uses. Due to its strong celery and anise flavour, fresh or dried Lovage leaves can be eaten as a vegetable, or used in soups, stews, stocks, salads, meat, potato and tomato dishes, or as a garnish.

Benefits and uses:
LOVAGE (Levisticum officinale) Lovage contains a volatile oil, angelic acid, and resins and can be incorperated in tinctures and extracts. Its ssential oil can be used in perfumes.

Lovage's Medicinal benefits are many, the are said to be:
- a remedy for allergies, respiratory problems.
- Contemporary scientists say that the plant, particularly the root, acts as a diuretic for the treatment of urinary tract inflammation.
- the herbal medicine is used for disorders of the stomach and feverish attacks.
- dried leaves can be used in an infusion for sore throats, fevers, and an antiseptic mouthwash.
- as its name implies, Lovage is used as an aphrodisiac.
- Lovage is used as a sedative.
- it aids with menstrual irregularity.
- it dissolves phlegm.
- used in combination with other herbs, it counteracts colds and flu.
- Lovage Tea can be applied to wounds as an antiseptic.

Herbal Tea:
Lovage Herbal Tea is made of the leaves, fresh or dried, It has a very nice taste and smell.

The herbal tea can also be made from the roots. Pour 1 cup of boiling water into 1.5 to 3 grams of finely cut lovage root. Steep for 15 minutes and enjoy.

The Lovage Root Tea eases bloating and flatulence, and aids digestion.

Cautions:
Lovage root contains furanocoumarins and large doses can lead to photosensitivity (skin changes from light exposure).

If taken internally in excess, Lovage can cause nausea.

Lovage should not be taken while taking blood thinning medications.

As always read the labels of any commercially prepared tinctures and concentrates and follow the directions.



Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!




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