How to Use the Lovage Herb

Discover how to use the lovage herb, includes suggestions for a bouquet garni for cooking, using lovage for salads and recipes for a lovage skin cleanser and an herbal bath.

Learn how to use the lovage herb for medicinal, wellness and food ideas.

Learn how to use the lovage herb for medicinal, wellness and food ideas.

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Learn about how to use the lovage herb for cooking, as a skin cleanser and an herbal bath.

How to Use the Lovage Herb

• Rub the salad bowl with fresh lovage.

• Make a lovage bouquet garni: Tie into a muslin bag 1 tablespoon chopped lovage, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon savory, 6 whole peppercorns, and a bay leaf.

• Use the hollow stems as drinking straws.

• Grate the roots of mature plants and add to salad dressing.

• Make a skin cleanser with 1 cup chopped lovage leaves, 3/4 cup white wine vinegar, and 1 1/2 cups distilled water. Steep the mixture overnight and strain.

• For a relaxing bath, pour 1 quart of boiling distilled water over 1 cup lovage leaves, 1/2 cup lovage root, 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, and 1 ¬≠tablespoon eucalyptus leaves. Let steep until liquid is just warm, then strain and add to bath water.

• Dry flower stalks to use in wreaths and flower arrangements or as brushes for basting meat on the grill.


Linda Underhill is a freelance food writer in ­Alfred, New York. Her partner, Jeanne Nakjavani, is a gourmet cook and food developer in Bradford, Pennsylvania.


Read more about using the lovage herb: Plant Profile: Lovage Herb.