Lovage Essential Oil
Latin name Levisticum officinale – Family species Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Lovage is also sometimes referred to as Angelica Levisticum, Common Lovage, Ligusticum Levisticum, Smellage, Maggi Herb, Garden Lovage, and Old English Lovage.
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Pale yellow (leaves and stalks) – amber to olive brown (roots)
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Spicy, warm, sweet and floral (leaves/stalks), earthy celery-like (roots)
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Herb
Parts Used – Leaves/stalks – Roots
Countries of Origin – France, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Germany
Extraction Method – Steam distillation
Known Chemical Constituents
Butylidene, dihydrobutylidene, butylphthalides, ligostilides, terpenoids, coumarins, furocoumarins
Applications and Uses
Lovage is used some in aromatherapy and is also used as a fragrance in soaps, cosmetics, perfumes and as a flavoring in liqueurs and tobacco.
Lovage blends well with
Precautions / Contraindications
It is said to use lovage oil in moderation, if at all, and that lovage should be avoided altogether if pregnant or if one has kidney problems.
Can cause irritation to sensitive skin.
Lovage oil is slightly phototoxic.
See also Essential Oils Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.
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