Lovage Root Extract
Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is a sturdy perennial with fragrant fruit and leaves. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region and grows wild in the Balkans and northern Greece. It is said to be named for Liguria, an Italian region where the species thrives.
The dried root is used medicinally. Lovage contains 0.2-2% volatile oil. The principal constituents are lactone derivatives known as phthalides. It has a diuretic effect that flushes out the kidneys and urinary tract. It also displays sedative and antiseptic properties, and appears to combat spasms in the smooth muscles that line the internal organs. The herb's bitter taste stimulates production of saliva and digestive juices.
Products containing Lovage Root Extract
Cautions Orally, long term use may result in increased risk of phototoxic reactions, such as photosensitivity dermatitis. Avoid excess exposure to the sun or UV light if using lovage.