Mother Earth Living

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.
By Linda L. Underhill and Jeanne Nakjavani
October/November 1992
Add to My MSN

Learn how to use the lovage herb for medicinal, wellness and food ideas.
Photo By Fotolia/petratlu

Content Tools

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.

Post a comment below.


Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.

(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here