Lovage Soup Recipe

 

Cook with lovage for more quercetin.

Lovage is one of those garden herbs that are bold and strong growing. It looks like a huge Italian parsley plant and has flavors that also mimic parsley or celery. It survives the cold Minnesota winters and comes back each year with force.

This garden herb is one of the richest sources of quercetin.

Quercetin is a natural occurring substance that is found in plant pigments called flavonoids that give many fruits, flowers, and vegetables their colors. It is known to inhibit the release of histamine which is said to be responsible for the symptoms of allergies in addition to having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

 

Fresh Lovage

Fresh Lovage

Here is a fabulous lovage soup recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped or wild leeks
  • 1 medium red or yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup lovage leaves, chopped
  • heavy cream (to serve)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed stock pot over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in onions. Fry until translucent, about five minutes.
  2. Pour in chicken stock and stir in chopped potatoes. Simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in lovage and simmer, covered, a further five or six minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
  5. Season with unrefined sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
  6. Stir in a spoonful of heavy cream and serve.

DIY Anti-Fungal Salve

salveThis recipe is a nice one to use for a variety of skin problems. Not only do the herbs in it contain anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, but some also support and promote cell regeneration for fast healing.

How to Make Anti-Fungal Herbal Salve

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Echinacea root
  • 1 tablespoon Calendula flowers
  • 2 tablespoons Comfrey leaf
  • 2 tablespoons Plantain leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Yarrow flowers and leaf
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary leaf
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 30 drops Grapefruit essential oil
  • Vitamin E oil to preserve (optional)
Instructions:
  1. Infuse the herbs into the olive oil. There are two methods for this procedure. You can either combine the herbs and the olive oil in a jar with an airtight lid and leave for 4 weeks, shaking the jar every day. The other method is quicker. Simply heat the herbs and olive oil over a very low heat in a double boiler for about 3 hours until the oil is completely infused with the herbs. It will change color to take on a stronger green.
  2. Strain the herbs out of the oil by pouring the mixture through cheesecloth. Let all the oil drip out and then tightly squeeze the herbs to get the remaining oil separated from the plant material.
  3. Discard the herbs and save the infused oil.
  4. Melt the beeswax in a pan with low heat. After the beeswax is completely melted, add in the infused oil and gentle heat just until the wax and oil combine.                                      If desired, add vitamin E.
  5. Add the Grapefruit essential oil to the warmed oil and beeswax.
  6. Pour into small glass jars, let cool and cover. Label salve. Use topically on wounds, diaper rash, or other skin issues.

Note: To keep the salve fresh longer, store in refrigerator and it will keep up to one year. If not refrigerated, the salve should be used within 6 months.