Lovage

 


LEVISTICUM OFFICINALE / LIGUSTICUM LEVISTICUM

COMMON NAME : lovage

FAMILY  :        Apiaceae  (Carrot family)


HABIT / GROWING:

Mediterranean in origin but escapes occasionally found wild in UK. Cultivated for both food and medicine.

Thick hollow stems like Angelica.


PARTS USED  :        Root mainly, also leaves, seeds & young stems in cooking.


TRADITIONAL & MODERN USE:

Aromatic and stimulant for digestive disorders e.g. colic and flatulence and also helps sweat out toxins and considered deobstruent (clears blockages). Leaves considered emmenagogic (stimulates menstruation) in infusion, Culpeper preferred using the leaf and used it for bloodshot eyes, agues, quinsy and pleurisy. Modern use is mainly for flatulence & low appetite but also rheumatism, gout, scant or painful menstruation and childhood fevers. Also expectorant and diuretic.


CONSTITUENTS:

Contains ligulin that is crimson red in distilled water but turns blue if water is alkaline e.g. with lime.