Lovage is a tall perennial plant that is a strong aromatic spice. It has long been used in cooking, but the seeds, leaves and roots have many medicinal properties and it’s very high in vitamin C.
Lovage has been used to treat indigestion, loss of appetite, stomach and gallbladder insufficiency, feeling of fullness after meals, slow digestion, Rheumatism, arthritis, Bronchitis, gout, cough, problems with urination, kidneys and prostate, sore throats, colic, kidney stones, cystitis, painful menstruation and flatulence. It has also been used to purify blood, as a diuretic and as a deodorant if added to the bath water.
INTERESTIG FACTS AND HISTORICAL REFERENCES
The Greeks referred to Lovage as Ligustikon.
Lovage was mentioned by the Emperor Charlemagne. He said that it should be grown in every imperial garden.
Lovage has been used since Greek and Roman times as a seasoning in food, additive to medicines and as an ingredient in love potions.
According to CooksInfo.com Lovage was dug up at night on Good Friday in order to help ward off either witches or the influence of the Devil.
Lovage has been used for medicinal purposes as early as the 14th Century. It is also known as Ligusticum Levisticum, Old English Lovage, Cornish Lovage, Italian Lovage, Love Persley and Sea Persley. Lovage should not be taken if pregnant or have kidney disease.
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