Lovage Root

Lovage Root
Botanical Name: Levisticum officinale
Country of Origin: Hungary/Europe
Family: Umbelliferae
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Parts Used: the comminuted roots
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Aroma:
Lovage is an amber to olive brown colored liquid of very powerful and rich, spicy warm, fresh aromatic, intensely sweet and 'root like' odor. Suggestive of celery, angelica, Deertongue (Liatris), etc. The warm spicy and 'soup like' celery note is predominant, the intensity is striking.

History:
Lovage is a man-size herb related to angelica and pimpinella (aniseed). The herb grows wild in central and southern Europe and is cultivated in numerous countries. It belongs to the group of medicinal plants commonly cultivated by the monks in medieval times all over Europe.

Chemical Constituents:
a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, b-phellandrene, p-cymene, y-terpinene, linalool, a-terpineol, linalyl propionate, a-terpinyl acetate, geranyl acetate, linalyl valerate, thymol.

Perfumery:
Lovage is used in perfumes in minute amounts to produce 'special effects', or to lend warm background notes in spicy or Oriental bases. It gives interesting effects with rose bases and in carnation compositions. This is a very interesting and extremely potent material. In respect to penetrative odor, this oil ranks among the most powerful of all natural materials.

Blends well with:
Lovage Root oil is excellent with costus, galbanum, opopanax, oakmoss products, bay leaf oil, lavandin absolute, flouve oil, etc.

Caution:
Avoid use on sensitive or damaged skin. Phototoxic. Considered a harsh diuretic. Avoid during pregnancy.

Ref:
S. Arctander ~ Perfume & Flavors Material of Natural Origin
Dr. Brian M. Lawrence ~ Essential Oils 1981 - 1987

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