Lovage tea has been known for its diuretic, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. In the medieval times, lovage can often be found in monastery gardens where it is often used as a tea remedy for coughs and lung and chest ailments.
Lovage is a perennial aromatic flowering plant belonging to the Apiaceae family, same as carrots, Lovage and parsley. Lovage possesses dark green leaves and greenish yellow flowers. The plant is native to and expansively farmed in Europe. It now grows wild in the northern and central parts of the United States. The scent and flavor of lovage is reminiscent of celery. Lovage seems to thrive best in well-drained cavernous, luxuriant soil that can preserve moisture.
Lovage leaves are popularly used for flavoring certain dishes, particularly soups while the roots and rhizomes of lovage are known to contain therapeutic properties.
Lovage is a source of quercetin, a flavonoid that is used as a nutritional supplement whose potential for fighting cancer and other similar diseases are currently under study. Lovage also contains such compounds as coumarins, beta-sitosterol, gums and resins.
To make lovage tea, infuse about 2 teaspoons of dried lovage herb in a cup of boiling water. Let the mix steep for about 5 to 7 minutes.
The use of lovage by pregnant women and those with kidney problems is not recommended.
The following health benefits are attributed to lovage tea:
- May help in the treatment of indigestion & colic and may help alleviate gas pains and flatulence. It may also help stimulate the appetite.
- May help in the treatment of bronchitis and cough.
- May help in the treatment of kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
- May help in improving blood circulation.
- May help alleviate menstrual pain.
- May help in the treatment of rheumatism.
- May help alleviate migraine headache.