Lovage as a dependable diuretic
Known primarily as a gentle and dependable diuretic, lovage (Levisticum officinale) has been found especially useful in reducing water retention and swelling in the feet. The herb also ranks as a digestive aid, notably in its ability to relieve bloating, gas and the intestinal cramps that tend to accompany these conditions.
Although lovage may not spark romantic passion — the name has no traceable connection to the English word for the amorous emotion — the herb has much to recommend it for use in both cooking and healing. Using just a pinch of lovage, you can impart the sharp flavor of celery (a close relative) to stuffings, creamed soups, stews and even potato salads; its seeds work well in pickling brines and dressings. In its medicinal form, lovage has been prized since the Middle Ages for treating all manner of ailments as noted above.
Further, lovage adds an aromatic, vibrant touch to the harden, growing readily to offer you its practical gifts.
Lovage help for Indigestion
A tea blend featuring lovage seeds can relieve indigestion.
Here’s what you need. Mix 1 ½ oz. each of ground lovage seeds, angelica seeds and aniseed with ¾ oz. each of ground dandelion root and catnip. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 tsp. of the blend. Steep for 10 min.; then strain. Drink 1 cup 15 min. before and after meals likely to cause upset.
Avoid lovage if you have bladder, kidney or pelvic inflammation disease. Also, large therapeutic doses may pose the risk of miscarriage in pregnant women.
Hard to find
Plan ahead. I have found the Lovage Herb leaf difficult to find as a dried form but did manage to find the lovage seeds on Amazon. If you have a garden or balcony you can easily grow your own.
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