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Summer Savory Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Savory is a herb that is used to flavor food and used for making medicines. It is also used in pickles and to spice up some food preparation.

Savory: This herb is a 15-20cm tall shrub with several branches. The leaves are smooth or spear-shaped, while the shrub flowers during May and June. According to folk medicine, savory is supposed to be good for the digestive system. It is considered to be an appetite stimulant, anti-flatulent and as a carminative.
It is also good for people suffering from diarrhea. Tea brewed with savory is believed to be healing for colds and cough, while it can also act as an expectorant. It can also be used as an antiseptic gargle and to cure flatulence-related pain. The flowering tops and essential oil is used for medicinal and culinary use.

Savory has originated from the southern part of Europe, and winter savory grows well in well-drained and sunny places. It is generally grown as a garden herb.

Health Benefits of Savory Herbs

  • Savory is rich in tannin, linalool, 1-borneol, x1-pinen, cymol, and carvacrol. These chemicals in savory can protect you from intestinal and lung infections, as well as renal infections.
  • Tea brewed with savory can be used to treat internal health problems. It can treat urine retention, gastric disorders, cough, headache, colic and uterine contraction.
  • Savory can be used in teas along with colt’s foot and chamomile and sugar to heal flu.
  • Those who suffer from convulsive coughing can use a mixture of black currant tea and savory to heal. You can even drink savory juice mixed with a proportion of 1:7 sugar syrup. If you consume a spoonful of this juice at every hour, then you can see the benefits.
  • Since savory has anti-septic properties, it can help in better kidney and liver functioning.
  • Savory tea, with the essential oil of savory can be used to treat intestinal worms.
  • For those with anemia, the bitter compounds in savory can be healing and can act as a powerful tonic.
  • Savory oil can treat gout, nausea, headaches and rheumatism.
  • A tincture made with savory can be used in small amounts to cure the symptoms of rachitic children.
  • Rheumatoid patients who suffer from high fevers can dab savory on the affected aread to cure the painful symptoms.
  • Savory alcohol can act a good disinfectant and can be used to treat skin infections and wounds.
  • Infusions made with savory can be used to heal convulsions and edema in pregnant women.
  • Summer savory benefits are many and have been used for centuries as a cure for various ailments. It was popularly known to be an aphrodisiac.
  • Among the summer savory medicinal uses, it is also known to be an appetite stimulant and as a tonic to help prevent and cure diarrhea.
  • Rubbing a branch of summer savory is known to ease the pain of a wasp or a bee bite. The reason for this is that summer savory contains oil named carvacrol, which is known to be antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial.
  • Recent studies have suggested that this oil can help reduce sinus infections. It has been used as an expectorant to clear the lungs as well.
  • Consuming summer savory as a medicinal tea is known to cure colic and aid with digestion.
  • It can cure mild sore throats and is also being used by diabetics to cure thirst.
  • Due to its aromatic flavor, it can be used as a salt substitute for people on low sodium diets.
  • One can also have capsules made of the dried leaves of the herb. So far, no side effects or adverse reactions have been found to this herb.

Submitted on January 16, 2014