Levisticum officinale W.D.J. Koch
Kosher certified

Lovage roots Essential oil France

Levisticum officinale W.D.J. Koch
Botanical family : Apiaceae
Method of culture : Conventional
Part harvested : Roots
Harvest period :
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F
M
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J
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D

CAS TSCA : 8016-31-7
INCI : Levisticum officinale oil


Herbaceous

Herbaceous
Spicy

The plant in depth

The only member of the genus Levisticum, lovage is a bright-green, perennial plant. The sturdy, hollow stems resemble celery stalks and have multiple shiny, serrated leaves that are also similar to celery. This botanical kinship has earned lovage nicknames in other languages, like "bastard celery" and "perennial celery." The inflorescences are clustered in umbels and bloom into small, yellow flowers in summer. The entire plant is aromatic, exuding a delicate balsamic odor when crushed. Several parts of the plant can be distilled to produce a variety of essential oils. The extract of the whole plant is reminiscent of the smell of cardamom and bergamot, while the essential oil of the seeds is aromatic and floral. But the rhizomes are the most fragrant part: They produce an essential oil that is herbaceous, spicy, and earthy, calling to mind celery and angelica. The thick, spongy roots are harvested around October and distilled in January.

Lovage is native to Europe, where it grows wild. It is also grown extensively in France, Germany, Hungary, the Eastern European countries, and the United States. This medicinal plant was regularly found in monastery gardens in the Middle Ages. It was used in beauty lotions in that epoch. In the Northern countries, lovage was believed to have seductive powers; in fact, the Germans named it Liebstöckel meaning "stem of love," and its English name makes no secret of this association.

Your technical documents

Data sheet Security sheet Kosher
GHS CLP GHS CLP K

Specifications

Method for obtaining Hydrodistillation
Appearance Yellow to dark brown liquid
Constituents 3-butilidène dihydrophtalide, pentylcyclohexadiène


Advised uses : Aromatherapy, Perfumery, Cosmetic, Alimentary