Lovage is a perennial herb. It is considered the birthplace of Afghanistan and Iran. But
it is now acclimatized and grows in almost all countries. Lovage root has a peculiar odor, resembling the smell of celery. So many people call this plant "winter celery."
In the food used aerial parts, seeds and roots of lovage. Cut rhizomes of plants exposed to air quickly blacken. To prevent this discoloration should be sbryzgivat weak solution of vinegar or citric acid diluted in half with water, lemon juice. Herbs lovage is used in cooking as a spicy seasoning in cooking and pickling vegetables.
Lovage has a spicy and pungent smell. Taste it first seems sweet, then bitter and moderately spicy. This plant is added as a spice to various broths and soups. It goes well with almost all meat dishes, giving them a kind of very appetizing aroma. The most widely used is lovage in home canning. Even a small amount allows us to give a kind of canned mushroom flavor.
The green parts of the plant are often used for the preparation of green oil, and add them to sauces and gravies.
Lovage goes well with grilled and stewed vegetables with fish dishes, poultry, rice and other cereals.
Lovage root are eaten fried, stewed, boiled and fresh. It is added to casseroles, salads, mashed potatoes, vegetables, stews, soups and burgers.
Spring from the root of lovage preparing delicious and healthy salad. Mix grated on a coarse grater lovage root, chopped apple and lettuce.
Lovage has many beneficial health properties, which explains the richness of its chemical composition. This plant is rich in essential oils, minerals, vitamins and potassium salts. Roots lovage comprise gum resin, malic acid, coumarin, tannins, sugar and starch.
One of the beneficial properties of lovage is that it enhances the intestinal peristalsis. Therefore, it is recommended to eat more often people with atonic constipation.
Lovage has a positive effect on the central nervous system, promotes the relief of migraine, edema resolves. The anti-inflammatory property of lovage can be used leaves of this plant to treat wounds, non-healing ulcers, pustular lesions.
Another useful feature is its lovage anthelmintic action.
The healing properties of lovage were known doctors and herbalists in ancient times. In Russia, this plant is often used and is used for the treatment of alcoholism, especially in cases when the patient refuses to recognize existing problems and to start voluntary treatment.
lovage alcoholism advised and famous clairvoyant Vanga. To prepare the therapeutic infusion must be used fresh lovage root, previously slightly dried in the open air. 30, 0 g roots grind and pour a glass of boiling water. Infuse for about an hour, drain. The resulting solution is mixed alcoholic patients in the food or drink (can be without his knowledge). In the case of acceptance of alcohol causing severe stomach cramps and vomiting. As a result, very quickly produced an aversion to all alcoholic beverages.
Thus, the use of lovage from alcoholism can be a good alternative to the traditional treatment of this terrible disease, especially in those cases where the patient categorically refuses drug treatment.
Upon receipt of lovage in therapeutic doses typically no side effects occur. However, it should abandon the use of this plant for people who have idiosyncrasy (individual intolerance) to it.
Contraindications to Lovage are also pregnancy and diseases of the urinary tract, as well as chronic renal failure.