Lovage, a member of the parsley family, is a widely-used herb in parts of Europe and southwest Asia. It’s an extremely versatile plant possessing flavors of both celery and parsley but much stronger. Lovage is delicious and also extremely high in the sirtuin-activating compound quercetin and is one of the main ingredients of the Sirtfood Green Juice. Lovage offers a number of health benefits, including supporting kidney health, fighting harmful organisms, and supporting joint health.
Here are some of the well-researched benefits of Lovage.
1. Lovage 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 help avoid kidney stones.
2. Lung Support
Traditional herbal 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
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.
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 to be one of the most potent extracts against organisms like E. coli, Salmonella, H. pylori, and H. influenzae.
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.
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.
Lovage is safe, and natural, and can easily be found as a food or herbal supplement!