Chemical constituents of lovage oil are mainly volatile oil, a bitter acid (angelic acid), resin, and a pigment named ligulin, which can be used to identify alkalinity and acidity in water. Several coumarins have been identified in lovage.
As a medicinal plant, the characteristics of it are carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, and stomachic.
The Greeks and Romans valued this herb for its therapeutic qualities; it is specifically mentioned in the works of Galen, Dioscorides, Pliny, and Apicius.
In the twelfth century St. Hildegarde recommended lovage for the relief of coughs, abdominal pains and heart problems.
The traditional School of Salerno used it as an herbal remedy for jaundice and liver complaints.
Lovage has been used as a natural herbal remedy to relieve abdominal pain due to gastrointestinal gas, to reduce flatulence, and as a treatment for colic in children.
Traditional herbal medicine considers it to be especially useful as a natural diuretic, as well as for a natural treatment for kidney stones.
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Lovage contains quercetin, whose anti-inflammatory quality is useful as, a natural remedy for allergies.
As an expectorant, it is believed to help loosen and expel phlegm and is considered to be a useful medicinal herb for the treatment of respiratory problems.
Poor appetite may be treated naturally with the herb, and it is used in many herbal bitters.
The leaves are valued for their pungent, celery-like flavor and lovage is one of the oldest known salad greens, cultivated for centuries as a kitchen herb. It can be added to soups and stews and the stems may be candied as a naturally sweet treat.
The seeds and seed oil are used as a flavoring in confectionery and liqueurs and the volatile oil extracted from the lovage root is used in perfumes, soaps, and creams, and as a flavoring for tobacco products.
It once had a reputation as a love potion, probably due to a distortion of its historic name from the Latin, meaning “from liguria”, the region in Italy where it was grown.