403. LEVISTICUM.—LOVAGE. The root of an aromatic European herb, Ligus'ticum levis'ticum Linné. This is thick, sparingly beset with fibers, and has an annulate, reddish-brown bark, inclosing a porous yellow wood; it has an aromatic odor resembling that of angelica, and a sweetish, aromatic, and pungent taste, somewhat bitter. Its medicinal properties are similar to those of angelica, being used as an aromatic stimulant and carminative, and as an adjuvant to tonic mixtures. Dose: 8 to 30 gr. (0.5 to 2 Gm.), in infusion.
The root of Ligus'ticum filici'num, Osha or Colorado Cough Root, has enjoyed some notoriety as an expectorant.