Health benefits of Lovage (Levisticum officinale)

Health benefits of Lovage (Levisticum officinale)

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Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is a tall perennial plant, the sole species in the genus Levisticum in the family Apiaceae.  It is a herb which is cultivated as a sweet herb, and for the use in herbal medicine of its root, and to a less degree, the leaves and seeds.

The root and underground stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine.

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 flavor and smell is pretty similar to celery.

Herbal treatment for liver tumor:

In a dark bottle of 1,5 liter place: 350 g of lovage root, grated ,350 ml honey, 350 ml homemade wine without preservatives. Allow a week to sit in a dark place, waving the bottle 2-3 times a day.

Administration: one tablespoon, three times per day, before the main meal. The treatment will be interrupted after healing. The treatment will be completed with Comfrey tea 1 liter per day. Check your tumor evolution going to a specialist.

Diuretic tea:

Pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of root plant (finely cut). Let it soak for 15 minutes and then strain it. Drink 1-2 cup a day.

Colitis treatment:

Drink 3 cups of lovage infusion per day, half an hour before the main meal.
Preparation: pour 3 cups of boiling water over 3 stems with leaves of fresh or dry lovage. Let it soak for 5-10 minutes. Strain it and drink unsweetened.

Precautions:

– do not use lovage while taking anticoagulant such as Coumadin, Warfarin, etc.

– don’t use lovage if you are pregnanat or breast-feeding

– if you are using lovage as a diuretic remember that swollen ankles and legs may indicate a potentially dangerous condition that call for a medical examination.

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