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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
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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.








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