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Lovage Herb Health Benefits

Lovage is a plant. Lovage gets its name because it was presumed to be an aphrodisiac, but also this is a corruption of Liguria, (the Italian Riviera) which was where the plant was first cultivated, it is believed. The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.

 

The roots and fruit are aromatic and stimulant, and have diuretic and carminative action.

 

In herbal medicine they are used in disorders of the stomach and feverish attacks, especially for cases of colic and flatulence in children, its qualities being similar to those of Angelica in expelling flatulence, exciting perspiration and opening obstructions.

 

The leaves eaten as salad, or infused dry as a tea, used to be accounted a good emmenagogue.

 

The leaves can be used in salads, or to make soup or season broths, and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable or grated for use in salads.

 

Its flavour and smell is somewhat similar to celery. Lovage tea can be applied to wounds as an antiseptic, or drunk to stimulate digestion. The seeds can be used as a spice, similar to fennel seeds.

 

Traditionally the plant has been used to stimulate the appetite, stop flatulence, aid digestion and an infusion of the roots has been used for gravel and kidney stones and urinary tract inflammation for problems such as cystitis.

 

The roots, leaves and seeds of the plant have antispasmodic properties and have been used to speed up slow labour in child birth, and as a stimulant.

 

Its main indications and uses are irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, dysmenorrhoea, postpartum stasis-type pain, abdominal mass, pains in chest and flanks, headache and dizziness, wind-cold-wetness type of arthralgia, traumatic injury, and abscess and deep-rooted abscess.

 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a health care provider before using this or any other herb, as everyone has a different reaction to herbs.

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