The lovage plant is like large celery, with interesting medicinal and culinary applications. Its ground root is used as a seasoning in central Europe since its flavor resembles pepper. The hollow stems of lovage are used as a cane to suck hot liquids for colds.
Lovage Plant Scientific Facts
- Other names: Sea parsley, European lovage.
- French: Liveche, celery batard.
- Spanish: Levistico, apio de monte.
- Environment: Native to western Mediterranean countries, it has been widely cultivated all over Europe and some regions of America.
- Description: Lovage is a vibrant plant of the Umbelliferae family, growing from one to two meters high, with a firm, however hollow, stem. Its flowers are greenish or yellowish and grow in terminal umbels.
- Parts of the plant used medicinally: The root in spring; the seeds and leaves, in early fall.
The ROOT of the lovage plant contains essential oil, coumarin, starch, tannin, and vitamin C. It is a good diuretic and stomachic invigorator; it eases digestion when there is a lack of gastric juice, as in the case of chronic gastritis and digestive atony. The LEAVES have the same properties, though they act less intensely.
How to use Lovage
- Root infusion, with 20 grams per liter of water. Drink a cup after every meal.
- Infusion of leaves. With 30 grams per liter of water. Again, drink a cup after every meal.
- Infusion of seeds, with 30 grams per liter of water. Drink two or three cups daily.
George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. vols. 2 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 578. Print. [lovage plant]