Herb of the Day for May 31 is Lovage

Herb of the Day


(Levisticum officinale)

Root, leaves, seeds, young stems.

Medicinal Uses: 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. Regulates menstruation, assists in removal of waste products, aids rheumatism, and reduces water retention.

Magickal uses: Add the dried and powdered root to cleansing and purification baths to release negativity. Carry to attract love and the attention of the opposite sex.
Lovage is masculine and ruled by the Sun. Its Element is Water.

Properties: Diurectic,carminative, aromatic and stimulant. Lovage contains a volatile oil, angelic acid, a bitter extractive and resins. The fresh leaves contain max. 0.5% essential oil; phthalides (ligustilide, butylphthalide and a partially hydrogenated derivative thereof called sedanolide). Terpenoids (terpineol, carvacrol) and eugenol.

Growth: Lovage has a thick and fleshy root, 5 or 6 inches long, shaped like a carrot, of a greyish-brown colour on the outside and whitish within. It has a strong aromatic smell and taste. The thick, erect hollow and channelled stems grow 3 or 4 feet or even more in height. The large, dark green radical leaves, on erect stalks, are divided into narrow wedge-like segments, and are not unlike those of a coarse-growing celery; their surface is shining, and when bruised they give out an aromatic odour, somewhat reminiscent both of Angelica and Celery. The stems divide towards the top to form opposite whorled branches, which in June and July bear umbels of yellow flowers, similar to those of Fennel or Parsnip, followed by small, extremely aromatic fruits, yellowish-brown in colour, elliptical in shape and curved, with three prominent winged ribs.
Author: Crick