lovage

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lovage

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that contains coumarins (e.g., bergapten, coumarin, umbelliferone), isovaleric acid, volatile oils (e.g., phthalides, pinene, terpinene, terpineol) and resin; it is carminative, diaphoretic and sedative, and has been used as a digestive tonic and to relieve menstrual cramping.

lovage (luˑ·vij),

n Latin names:
Levisticum officinale, Levisticum radix; parts used: roots, seeds; uses: kidney conditions by acting as a diuretic, antilithic, renal antiinflammatory, sedative, stomach disorders, congestion; precautions: pregnancy and lactation, infants and children, kidney irritation, kidney disease. Also called
maggi plant, sea parsley, or
smellage.