Savory: medicinal properties, method of use and benefits

Savory: medicinal properties, method of use and benefits



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There are two kinds of savory: the Satureja montanaL. and the Satureja hortensisL., both belonging to the family of Lamiaceae. The difference between the two plants consists in the fact that the Satureja hortensis is essentially herbaceous, smaller and of a less intense green color than the Satureja montana. in the regions of central - northern Italy up to 1500 m of altitude.

Savory is an annual bushy plant with taproot and ascending or erect stem up to 40 cm high, not very branched. The leaves are opposite, lanceolate, narrow, shiny and bordered by a light down. The flowers are pinkish-white, small, gathered in spikes at the axil of the leaves. It blooms from July to September. The fruit is a black tetrachenium.


Savory contains: essential oil whose main constituents are carvacrol and cymol, enzymes and hydrocarbons.

Her property are: antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic.


The leaves collected just before flowering and the inflorescences collected in full bloom are used.

Both the leaves and the flowers can be dried in dry, well-ventilated and dark places.


Savory is used cruda or as an infusion for tiredness, digestive problems, inflammations of the intestinal system and brochitis.

The infusion tablets are great for wrinkles especially when made together with sage.

The decoction added to the bath water is excellent for toning and purifying the skin. Mixed with sage, lemon verbena and rosemary it has an aphrodisiac effect.

Essential oil is widely used in perfumery.

In the kitchen, due to its almost spicy flavor reminiscent of thyme, it is used to flavor various dishes which, among other things, make it more digestible.

They keep their healing properties better if the savory is kept in bunches and chopped just before use.


Savory is also known as anchovy herb or spice herb.


Its essential oil is particularly active so it must be used with great caution and under medical supervision.

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