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romatherapy Materia Medica
 

Lovage
(Levisticum officinale)

© Kathi Keville, Mindy Green
 (Excerpted from Aromatherapy)

This large European and west Asian plant is common in herb gardens. It tastes like a very strong celery. The herb is often used in treating women's complaints.

Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Extraction: Distilled from fresh roots, or from leaves and stalks. The powerful fragrance is spicy, sweet, and reminiscent of angelica or celery.
Medicinal Action: Treats indigestion, digestive spasms and congestion, rheumatism, poor circulation and menstrual irregularity. Helps remove toxic accumulation and reduce water retention.
Considerations: Photosensitizing and potentially toxic. Use sparingly.

About The Author
Kathi Keville has studied herbs since 1969. Her attraction to fragrant plants led to an involvement in aromatherapy. Her other books include Herbs for Health and Healing;......more
 
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