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Large dramatic specimen plant used as a celery substitute in pickling, salad dressings, stir fries, stews and roasts. We often freeze some of the tender leaves in water and then use it making stock.  

The Greeks and Romans chewed lovage seeds to aid digestion and legend tells of seeds put into potion to conjure up love spells, an infusion of lovage seeds is said to erase freckles and a lovage herb bath is said to make you more beautiful.  The French call it céleri bâtard, or false celery.  Growing OVER 5 feet tall, once the flower spikes start showing, lovage becomes awfully strong,  using the leaves can be used sparingly in stock.

Lovage Butter
4 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of minced lovage
Salt & Pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a small pan and add the salt, pepper, and lovage. Heat gently for 3-5 minutes. Serve over vegetables

Lovage Sauce
2 tablespoons butter
12 lovage leaves, minced
2 tablespoons dry white wine
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
salt and black pepper
Melt the butter in a pan with lovage leaves for about 3 minutes. Add the wine and simmer for a minute. Stir in the mustard and season. Use sauce is nice served over pork or chicken.

Lovage Soup  
    4 Tbsp. olive oil
stale bread
    1 bunch lovage leaves, chopped
    1 clove garlic, chopped
    1/2 small bundle of parsley, chopped
    3 oz butter
    2 pints good chicken stock
    2 whole eggs and 1 yolk
Pour the olive oil over the bread and grill until brown. Sweat the lovage, garlic and parsley in butter until wilted. Pour on the stock and simmer for 2 minutes. Beat the eggs with salt and pepper. Place one slice of bread in each warmed bowl. Bring the soup to the boil and slowly pour in the egg, stirring gently to separate the egg into strands. Serve over the grilled bread slices.


Valerian Herb Plant --- Natures PROZAC



Valerian herb (Valeriana officinalis) not to be confused with the beautiful Red Valerian perennial plant, has been used as a medicinal herb for insomnia since the time of ancient Greece and Rome. While it can be a sedative, it sometime can cause agitation, headaches and night terrors.Other fun facts form my webpage:

Valerian comes from the Latin word valere meaning strong referring to the strong odor from the root system, quite frankly it reeks of the worst moldy smelling dirty socks or dog. Do I make my point?

But when it is in blossom in June through September the clusters of small white to light pink flowers sweetly perfume the air and bring butterflies and bees in droves. Cultivation of valerian does well in all ordinary soils, but prefers rich, composted loam, well supplied with moisture. This also makes harvesting of the roots easier.

When I make my catnip blend I always add a small amount valerian root to the mix, it seems to send the cats into a passionate zone. Actually the active ingredient in valerian is similar to the active ingredient in catnip and might mimic the odor of cat urine and is also attractive to rats so much so that it was used to bait traps. Legends of the Pied Piper of Hamelin used valerian as well as his pipes to attract rates.


Masses of strongly fragrant scented white to pink flowers, used at one time for sedative tinctures and called the "poor man's valium." The valerian holds a prominent position as one of the best herbal tranquilizers and muscle relaxants the plant kingdom has to offer. Caution: valerian may cause headaches, muscular spasms, and palpitations. It is not recommended for long-term use. Tincture of valerian helps clear dandruff. Folklore: Used in protective sachets or place under the pillow to help you sleep. Powdered valerian roots are considered a substitute for graveyard dust.




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