The herb lovage is a perennial plant in the Umbelliferae family. Due to its beneficial properties, lovage is highly valued in folk medicine.
Plant height ranges from one to two meters. The fruits ripen only in September.
The herb lovage has a very specific spicy aroma, characterized by pungency. At the same time, the taste of the plant at first seems sweetish, and then it acquires a bitter taste.
The rich chemical composition of all parts of the plant makes it possible to use it not only in cooking, but also in perfumery, as well as in folk medicine.
Essential oil obtained from the leaves and stems of lovage is mainly used in perfumery and cooking. Very often, herb greens are used as a fragrant spice. It is added to various vegetable salads, sauces, meat gravies, soups. Also lovage goes well with fish or poultry.
The herb of lovage is of particular importance for dietary nutrition in diseases of the kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. The herb is also very useful for flatulence, obesity and rheumatism.
Despite all the beneficial properties of the fragrant plant, Russian scientific medicine does not use it. Only its use in traditional medicine is known. Decoctions and infusions of healing lovage help to cope with many diseases. Also, the herb has a calming effect.
However, for pregnant women, lovage can be dangerous because it can provoke blood flow to the pelvic organs.