Lovage (Levisticum) is also called dawn, lover, piper, herb-love and love potion. The name speaks for itself: this plant was created to help in love.
But the properties of this amazing herb are much more diverse: it is a spice, a medicine, and an excellent cosmetic product that our grandmothers have used for a long time. No wonder that lovage grew near every house.
Lovage bears some resemblance to its relatives from the umbrella family – parsley and celery. For this, the British nicknamed him “love parsley”, and in Russia they call him “winter celery”.
More than 200 substances are a part of “winter celery”. Among them are potassium, vitamins of a broad group of action, malic acid and valuable essential oils, which largely determine the medicinal properties of the plant.
Lovage leaves have a characteristic smell, reminiscent of celery, spicy, sweetish. The taste is somewhat salty, original, with a slight bitterness.
Medicinal lovage is widely used in folk medicine. This plant has an expectorant, diuretic, tonic, sedative, anti-inflammatory and blood-purifying effect.
Infusion for bronchi and cars
Pour 4 grams of seeds with half a glass of boiling water and let it brew for 30 minutes. Take 15 ml 3 times daily. Benefits of the lovage plant
Infusion for ulcers
Mix 2 tablespoons of lovage root, 5 grams of dandelion root, 15 grams of marshmallow root. Insist 9 days in 0.5 liters of vodka and 0.5 cups of honey. Consume 30 ml each morning and evening.
Infusion for edema
Pour a tablespoon of leaves with a glass of boiling water and leave in a thermos for three hours, then cool. Consume a tablespoon 30 minutes before meals.
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Infusion for heart disease
Boil 30 grams of dry root in a liter of water for 7 minutes. Consume 5 meals throughout the day.
Hair loss remedy
Steam two teaspoons of the root in a thermos with a glass of boiling water. Insist during the night. Strain and rub into scalp. Wrap a towel over your head and leave the infusion for 2 hours. After that, wash your head with the yolk of the egg. Apply the product 2-3 times a week.
Pour in 2 teaspoons of lovage root 0.5 liters of vodka, leave for 2 months. Drink a dessert spoon daily.
Contraindications for lovage
- Despite the numerous healing properties of lovage, it also has contraindications. Do not use lovage for pregnant women and children, as well as for the following diseases.
- Hemorrhoidal and uterine bleeding.
- Inflammation of the ureters.
- Allergic reaction to plants of the umbrella family.
- Acute renal failure.
With every right, lovage can be called a herb of beauty. It is added to anti-hair loss and hair growth shampoos. The juice helps to whiten the skin of the face. Essential oils are used in anti-freckle creams and to reduce pigmentation.
Baths with the addition of lovage relieve skin inflammation, heal microcracks and cuts. Lotions and decoctions treat acne, pimples, purulent inflammation.
In many villages, following an ancient tradition, it is customary to bathe newborns in lovage. It is believed that this will bring beauty to girls, and boys, when they grow up, will be loved by girls. They also put lovage in the girl’s bed, so that she chooses her happiness, not someone else’s, and so that it remains with her forever.
In different parts of our country, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is called differently: lemon mint, mother plant, honey, female grass, bee, swarm … Many have heard of it only as a sedative, but this is not the only useful properties of an unpretentious relative of mint.