Winter savory (Satureia montana), a delicate, aromatic herb stemming from the mint family is not only a delicious spice commonly employed in the culinary world, but it is also used for medicinal purposes as well. To experience its medicinal effects, savory is commonly added to culinary dishes and made into a tea.
Winter Savoury is one of the common perennial herbs that are found in the Mediterranean as well as European regions. Throughout the years, savory has commonly been used in the culinary world and is part of many recipes. A part of the mint family, the flavor of savory is comparable to thyme and oregano.
Both fresh and dry, the leaves and stems of savory are commonly used to spice dishes, while the extract of the herb is also valued for its delicate flavor.
There are two kinds of savory, winter and summer. Do not mix your savories, as generally summer savory increases the sexual desire, while winter savory decreases the sexual desire. Winter savory is more bitter than summer savory and therefore not used as commonly in the culinary world. Winter savory is dark, shiny green in color. When it is called to action in the kitchen, winter savory is commonly used to spice white sauces, potato salads, and mushrooms.
The leaves of savory have been found to contain medicinal essential volatile oils like carvacrol and thymol. Thymol is an anti-septic and anti-fungal agent, making it a great way to fight and prevent the spread of fungal infections. Carvacrol, meanwhile, is an antibacterial agent, effective in fighting such bacterial strains as Bacillus cereus and E coli.
Rich in vitamins and minerals, savory has been found to help keep the body up and running. Savory contains potassium, which is essential to moderating blood pressure and keeping the heart healthy. The iron content in savory encourages the development of blood cells, while zinc and vitamin C helps boost the immune systems.
Savory is a source of dietary fiber. It’s important to get enough fiber to keep your digestive system running smoothly. Fiber is also essential to helping reduce bad LDL cholesterol while helping to boost good HDL cholesterol. Fiber is also an important prebiotic that helps nurture good gut flora.
When consumed as a tea, it is a sovereign remedy for digestive upset, headaches, colic, flatulence, whilst it is also used to treat gastro-enteritis, cystitis, nausea, diarrhoea, bronchial congestion,sore throat and menstrual disorders.
Due to its antiseptic properties, drinking savory tea may help improve the functioning of the liver and kidneys.
In its concentrated oil form, the powerful medicinal effects of savory oil may help treat rheumatism, gout, headaches, and nausea.
Dosage: 30 drops, 3 times a day.
Precaution: you shouldn't use winter savory if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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