Lovage herb benefits and side effects

The botanical name for this plant is levisticum officinale.

Other names: Italian and Cornish lovage, old English lovage, maggi, smellage, levisticum, cajoler’s weed, maggiqurzel, sauerkrautwurz.

Habitat:this is native to Mediterranean areas of Southern Europe and Asia Minor and also in central and south Europe, Britain, east USA and southwest Asia. It is cultivated in Europe for essential oils. Also, It is best in sunny areas and shades, moist and drained soil with hummus.

It has a pH range of 5.0-7.6.



It is perennial plant and has 5 feet height, looks like celery and angelica.

This plant is linked to umbelliferous plants like angelica, dill, celery, carrot, parsley due to scent and aroma too.

It has long stems, crisp, flattish leaves and yellow resin juice.

The dark green leaves grow like tubular forms. Thick root, fleshy and brownish like carrots. The flowers are pale yellow, show in the summer and have yellow brownish aromatic fruits.

Parts used: rots, leaves, seeds.


Therapy use, doses and claims

The chemical items are mostly volatile oils, bitter acid, resin, pigment ligulin for acidity and alkalinity in water. Some coumarins are also seen in lovage.

As medical use, the features are: diaphoretic, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, emmenagogue, stomachic and stimulant.

The Romans and Greeks praised this herb. It is mentioned in works of Apicius, Pliny, Galen and Dioscorides.

In 12th c, St. Hildegarde advised lovage is good for cough relief, belly pain and heart issues.

The School of Salerno used this herb for jaundice and liver.

Also it is used as herb cure for belly pain due to gasses, flatulence and colic in kids.

Traditional herb curing says this medicine is amazing as diuretic and kidney stones curing.

This plant also cleanses the blood and is used as natural cure for skin issues, rheumatism and gout.

In folk medicine it was used for malaria, boils, pleurisy, migraines and sore throat.

This lovage also has quercetin that lowers inflammation and allergies.

Since it is expectorant it can loosen phlegm and respiratory issues are resolved.

Poor appetite also is cured with herb bitters.

The leaves are pungent and used for salad greens, centuries back. Add it in soups, salads, stews and the stems can be a sweet dessert.

The seed oil and seeds are used for flavors and liqueurs  and the oil is from the root and used for perfumes, creams, soaps and flavor to tobacco.

Once it was said this is a love potion, since the name sounds love-y, but in Latin it means FROM LIGURIA, region in Italy.


Capsules: 2 pills 1-2 times per day

Infusion: steeped 1 tbsp of leaves in 1 pint boiled water, 7 minutes. Have a few cups daily.

Side effects

Basically this is a safe herb, but sometimes and allergy might happen/

NOT for pregnant women or those with kidney issues.

Sometimes, the plant causes photosensitivity and dermatitis. Always let the doctor know what you take and use.

source: herbal-supplement-resource.com

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