10 Benefits of Organic Lovage

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on


Lovage, a member of the parsley family, is a widely-used herb in parts of Europe and southwest Asia. Its use in food and natural healing is nothing new, but it’s also not usually first mentioned, so it isn’t surprising if you haven’t heard of it. Lovage offers a number of health benefits, including supporting kidney health, fighting harmful organisms, and supporting joint health.

Benefits of Organic Lovage

While science continues to explore the many benefits of lovage, there are some researched benefits that are worth a look.

1. Fights the Risk of Kidney Stones

Lovage is an aquaretic, or a type of diuretic that encourages urination without electrolyte loss. The increased urination flushes the urinary tract to potentially helpo avoid kidney stones.

2. Lung Support

Traditional medicine uses lovage to loosen phlegm in the lungs, which in turn improves airflow, breathing, and oxygen intake. In one trial eucalyptol, the active chemical compound in lovage that reduces lung irritation, produced significant, positive results within four days. [1]

3. Soothes Rough Spots

It turns out lovage is loaded with compounds that may soothe rough patches in the body. Compounds in lovage that provide this benefit include limonene, eugenol, and quercetin. Studies involving limonene have shown it provides soothing effects throughout the body, although it has been especially noted to help reduce issues associated with colitis. [2]

4. Promotes Healthy Skin

Lovage is recommended as a natural way to fight skin conditions like dermatitis and acne. The exact mechanism of action is not fully understood, but traditional skin care approaches include lovage in their routines.

5. Fights Harmful Organisms

Scientists have found lovage one of the most potent extracts against organisms like E. coli, Salmonella, H. pylori, and H. influenzae. [3]

6. Eases Digestion and Relieves Gas

The soothing benefits of lovage are very effective and it’s even a great remedy to soothe the digestive tract, reduce bloating, and relieve gas.

7. Supports Joint Health

The herb is considered a natural remedy for joint discomfort associated with gout and rheumatic swelling of the joints. In addition, it doesn’t cause any terrible side effects.

8. Natural Allergy Support

The soothing effects of lovage naturally help fight the symptoms of allergies. But when it comes to allergies, lovage goes a bit farther. Quercetin, a compound present in lovage, inhibits histamine release and alleviates skin irritation typically caused by sensitivity to environmental irritants. [4] [5]

9. Menstrual Support

Among its many traditional uses, lovage is reported to provide relief from menstrual discomfort. Its high nutrient density combined with its powerful soothing benefits may explain why adding lovage to the diet prior to the beginning of a menstrual cycle may support well being.

10. Excellent for Recipes

Lovage is a wonderful addition to your favorite recipes, adding taste and increasing your meal’s nutrient value. It’s often used as a replacement for celery, although it’s more pungent so most recipes recommend using about half the amount of the celery called for. The leaves make an excellent salad, and the seeds are used as a spice and often sprinkled over salads and soups. Lovage can even be brewed as an herbal tea. It’s rich in B-complex vitamins, essential for energy, and vitamin C which supports skin and immune system health.

One Final Thought

Lovage is safe, natural, and can easily be found as a food or herbal supplement! Do you use lovage? We’d love to hear about your experience with this herb. Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

References (5)
  1. Juergens UR1, St?ber M, Schmidt-Schilling L, Kleuver T, Vetter H. Antiinflammatory effects of euclyptol (1.8-cineole) in bronchial asthma: inhibition of arachidonic acid metabolism in human blood monocytes ex vivo. Eur J Med Res. 1998 Sep 17;3(9):407-12.
  2. d'Alessio PA1, Ostan R, Bisson JF, Schulzke JD, Ursini MV, B?n? MC. Oral administration of d-limonene controls inflammation in rat colitis and displays anti-inflammatory properties as diet supplementation in humans. Life Sci. 2013 Jul 10;92(24-26):1151-6. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2013.04.013.
  3. Garvey MI1, Rahman MM, Gibbons S, Piddock LJ. Medicinal plant extracts with efflux inhibitory activity against Gram-negative bacteria. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2011 Feb;37(2):145-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2010.10.027.
  4. Chirumbolo S. The role of quercetin, flavonols and flavones in modulating inflammatory cell function. Inflamm Allergy Drug Targets. 2010 Sep;9(4):263-85.
  5. Weng Z, Zhang B, Asadi S, Sismanopoulos N, Butcher A, Fu X, Katsarou-Katsari A, Antoniou C, Theoharides TC. Quercetin is more effective than cromolyn in blocking human mast cell cytokine release and inhibits contact dermatitis and photosensitivity in humans. PLoS One. 2012;7(3):e33805. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0033805.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Peggy

    I have grown lovage as an essential part of my herb garden for forty years. It’s one of those wonderful ‘once you have it, you have it forever’ plants and is one of the first to send up fresh leaves in the spring. It is hardy to at least Zone 4 in my experience. I use it as a flavour substitute for celery from spring to fall in salads, cole slaw and as one of a generous handful of herbs I use to stuff poultry. It is a tall plant with flower stems that will grow to six or eight feet with flower heads resembling Queen Anne’s lace. A word of caution to anyone thinking of making room for this very useful and attractive plant. The roots in older clumps will make a very solid block which may be difficult to move so be sure to put it where you intend it should stay.

    I wouldn’t want to be without it.

  • Julie

    I was given a bunch of Lovage which I replanted. I include a leaf in my breakfast fruit blends and I find a leaf is more than enough when I include it in other foods that I make because of its strong flavour and aroma.

  • nadeen

    When using a juicer, I have added lovage to my juices in place of celery. It adds a nice flavour to savoury veggie-based juices.

  • Martolt

    I have grown it for a few years now, and it is an awesome plant. As Peggy (below) noted, once it is established, it is quite hardy and comes back year after year. The taste is excellent, and though it can easily overwhelm a dish if you use too much, it is very pleasant to eat by itself or with other greens.

  • ellen

    I have lovage.
    Funny story-I had lovage for years and planted angelica near it.The following year the angelica jumped about 20 feet across my driveway and grew there.The next year the angelica disappeared completely-but where it had moved to the lovage grew.
    Very strange but true.

  • Oma Beate

    No clue how I did id but I lost my lovage I brought as seeds from Germany. We had it about 15 years. Now after 4 different attempt to grow it again, I finally have it back. Can’t live without it as such a versatile herb. Great for my husband’s kidneys….. had real issues when we lost the lovage. I wish to find out to make maggie extract from it, but no internet shows how.

  • Oma Beate

    Great on any meat dish and yes you do not need much.

  • Brigitta

    I grew up with Lovage (In Germany) and have always had this herb in my herb garden. We use it in all savory dishes and use is liberally, especially in soups and stews. I find it greatly reduces the need for salt. I have never tried it as a tea but will do so in the very near future.

  • Lexa

    Thanks very much for the info. I have one question- if lovage acts as a aquaretic, as opposed to a diuretic, how does it then “flush” the kidney of potential stone forming salts?? ie if the salts are, by definition, left behind? That one confuses me!

  • KidsGamesToys

    Grew up with lovage in Austria and we had it in our garden and so have I my lovage in my garden. When you make stock for soups always put lovage in it too. Your beef and chicken soups just tastes divine. Great In salads, spreads, sandwiches, decorations any place where you put parsley or celery you can put Lovage. Its name is associated with “Love”. You eat lovage you will feel better! It is such a pity that it is not used more on this continent. A real puzzle!

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