Lovage has been cultivated for hundreds of years in English gardens. It is from the Umbelliferae family, along with Angelica, Queen Anne’s Lace (wild Carrot) and Celery. There seems to be almost conflicting information regarding the use of the essential oil from the roots or the leaves.
About The Oil
Here’s what we discern: the essential oil from the leaves has primarily been the one used as an aromatic component to body care products. Its sweet, herbaceous aroma will make a lovely natural addition to any body or face care formula. It also has natural antiseptic properties, making it a natural ‘cleanser’ as well.
The essential oil from the leaves is fairly thin and mobile, whereas that from the root is a bit more “syrupy”. Other therapeutic properties attributed to the essential oil from Lovage may be from the root oil. It has been noted as a diuretic, antiseptic and expectorant. Esoterically, the root oil is indicated as an opener of the heart…its aroma will be much more tenacious than that of the leaf essential oil.