Lovage (Levisticum officinale), a perennial herb native to European and Mediterranean regions, is mainly used for culinary purposes and as a fragrance in health and beauty products. In the past, lovage was widely cultivated for medicinal purposes.
Lovage contains anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties used to treat a variety of ailments, including indigestion, gas, jaundice, pleurisy, joint pain, migraines and respiratory illnesses. In the kitchen, lovage leaves, fresh or dried; stems; seeds; and oil extracted from the roots add distinct celery-like flavor to soups, sauces, cheeses and breads. In the garden, lovage grows from 3 to 6 feet high, producing greenish-yellow blooms that resemble dill and fennel flowers from June to August.