Summer savory (Satureja hortensis)

Summer savory (Satureja hortensis)

Other common names: Calamintha hortensis (syn.), bean herb

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Family: Lamiaceae 

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

Actions:

Carminitive, aromatic, appetite stimulant, stomachic, expectorant, decongestant, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antimicrobial, aphrodisiac.

Harvest:

For using the fresh herb, harvest in early summer (around June), or harvest just as it begins to flower if you want to dry it for later use.

Part used: Aerial parts

Constituents:

Phenols, carvacrol, cineol, pinene, thymol, cymene and others.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

Indications:

Poor appetite, indigestion, gas/bloating, sore throats, cuts/scrapes, abdominal cramps, excess phlegm, congestion, respiratory infections, diabetes (helps to relieve excessive thirst), loss of libido, insect bites.

Medicinal preparations:

Internal

Summer savory is most popular as a culinary herb, but it can certainly be used in all the standard internal preps, such as capsules, teas, steam inhalations and oxymels.

External

This herb could be used as a wash, or an ingredient in ointments, chest rubs and poultices.

Contraindications:

Culinary amounts are generally safe for most, however medicinal quantities should not be taken while pregnant or nursing. Do not administer to children or take with medications unless you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner.

I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns.

Energetic/traditional use:

The Latin name of this herb was a reference to satyrs, given its reputation as a fertility/aphrodisiac plant. It was also given to people throughout history as a remedy for earaches, insect stings and toothaches.

Summer savory has a warm, dry constitution.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.

 

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