Uses for Lovage

The uses for lovage might not be many, but it is a wonderful herb to have on hand as a companion plant in the garden, as well as for indigestion and heartburn.

Lovage, a perennial herb that might remind you of celery, carries with it a rich history as well as numerous applications in your daily life.

Its robust flavor and aroma have made it a favorite in the kitchen, giving soups, stews, and salads a delightful and savory boost.

But its uses extend far beyond the boundaries of culinary adventures.

Lovage is not a well know herb in my neck of the woods. It’s also not native to Canada, but comes from Europe, where it has long been cultivated as a perennial herb.

The roots of lovage are used as a vegetable, the seeds as a spice, and the leaves as a tea or vegetable. I received a root cutting from a generous neighbor of mine, and I am looking forwards to using this useful herb.

In the garden, lovage acts not only as a flavorful addition to your herb section but also offers benefits such as attracting beneficial insects and improving the health of your plants.

It’s tall, hollow stems, and vibrant green leaves can provide an appealing aesthetic as well.

If you find yourself with a surplus, you’ll be pleased to discover that lovage leaves can be dried and stored for use all year round.

Lovage smells and tastes very similar to celery. The leaves of it also look a lot like celery leaves. It grows quickly, and makes a pretty small shrub.

It’s a perennial plant that is deer resistant and very easy to grow.

A hardy plant that can withstand our harsh winters, lovage produces pretty yellow flowers during the summer. Relatives of this herb are carrots, dill, celery, and parsley. 

The plant’s versatility continues into the realm of natural remedies.

For generations, people have turned to lovage for its potential medicinal properties, using it to ease digestion issues and as diuretic.

My grandmother was very well learnt in herbs and their uses, and was the original owner of the lovage plant that got passed down to me. I would love to be able to sit down with her today and talk about it.

What to Do With Lovage

So you know that it is a great plant to have in your perennial garden, but the question remains what to do with lovage?

Culinary Uses

Lovage, with its bold celery-like flavor, is a versatile herb that enhances various dishes, especially in European cuisine.

Soups and Stews

Incorporate fresh or dried lovage into your soups and stews to impart a rich, earthy flavor. A single tablespoon can significantly improve the taste profile.

Usage Tip: Add lovage early in the cooking process to build a deep flavor base.

Medicinal Benefits

Digestive Aid

Lovage has been traditionally recognized for its potential health benefits, particularly related to digestion and antimicrobial properties. It is helpful for heartburn, and indigestion.

  • Tea: You can sip lovage tea to help reduce bloating and alleviate indigestion.
  • Essential Oil: A drop of lovage essential oil in water may relieve stomach discomfort.

Antimicrobial Effects

  • Extracts: Lovage extracts have demonstrated activity against various microorganisms.
  • Topical Use: Applying diluted lovage oil can aid minor wounds by reducing the risk of infection.

It can be helpful in urinary tract infections, clogged milk ducts, and even gout and joint pain.

Gardening and Horticulture

In your garden, lovage serves not just as an herb but also an impressive asset due to its versatile uses.

Ornamental Plant

Lovage can be a focal point in your garden with its tall stature, reaching up to 2 meters, and lush green leaves. Plant it where you can enjoy its feathery foliage and subtle yellow flowers, which add a visual charm from late spring till fall.

Companion Planting

Lovage is beneficial for companion planting:

  • Improves Growth: It enhances the vigor of your garden plants.
  • Repels Pests: Its strong aroma can help deter aphids and other pests, thus safeguarding neighbors like tomatoes and beans.

Utilize lovage as a natural pest repellent by planting it near susceptible vegetables to create a more harmonious ecosystem in your garden.

Use the leaves to make a tea, add to salads, or to soups. Lovage works a bit like water pills, so don’t use if you have kidney problems.

What Does Lovage Taste Like?

Lovage smells and tastes a lot like celery.

If you have used Lovage, let me know what you had from results, and how you use it in the comments below. As we learn more about it, we will find there are many more uses for lovage.

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