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Lovage, furanocoumarins, & photosensitivity...Oh MY!

 
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I was considering growing lovage but found out the roots (which I was hoping to use for food) contain furanocoumarins and they may lead to photosensitivity. Not sure the risk is worth the return. Anyone have either positive or negative experiences?
 
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I make a tincture out of Lovage and Angelica roots for my asthma.  Works great and have not seen any problem.
 
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Lovage is in the celery/carrot family. Most of the plants in that family is poisonous(medicinal at the right dosage). They are good as culinary herbs/tinctures/medicinal. I would use them. Garlic which is another herb is known to affect the blood and heart too. The mint/thyme family similarly are very bio-active. But you know your body best. I know some people who are allergic to even pear even though I can eat a ton of it.
 
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You have to consider how much of a given herb causes a stated reaction.
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