Lovageâ€™s flavour is similar to celery or parsley, however is much more distinct, strong and tenacious. It is known to herbalists as one of natureâ€™s antibiotics and therefore has been used in sore throat gargles, to relieve mucus congestion and bronchitis. Tastes like celery.
Used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the lower urinary tract, for prevention of kidney stones, and to increase the flow of urine when urinary tract infections or fluid retention is present.
Also used for indigestion, heartburn, stomachbloating, intestinal gas, irregular menstrual periods, sore throat, boils, yellowed skin (jaundice), malaria, fluid around the lung (pleurisy), gout, joint pain (rheumatism), and migraine headaches. It is also used as an expectorant to loosen phlegm in respiratory conditions.
Lovage is a fairly tall plant, easily reaching 1.5 m (5 ft), make sure to give it lots of space in the garden. Herbs are easily grown indoors or outdoors. Sow every 14 days for a continuous supply of fresh leaves. Most herbs prefer a sunny and not to wet location. Try to locate plants where they will get 5 hours of direct sunlight each day. Herbs usually grow well in almost any soil but tend to thrive in light sandy soil that has been enriched with peatmoss or leafmold and a moderate amount of fertilizer. Cover seed slightly with soil. Keep soil moist until all seeds sprout. Seed germinates best at 18-23 C (68 – 75 F) usually in 14 – 21 days. Garden spacing 60 cm (24 in) apart.