Common Names: Summer Savory, Garden Savory
Species: Satureja Hortensis
Summer savory is an annual member of the Lamiaceae family and closely related to rosemary and thyme. Similar in use and flavor to the perennial winter savory, this herb has lilac tubular flowers which bloom in the northern hemisphere from July to September.
Widely cultivated as a spice and for its medicinal properties. The plant grows best in sandy, loamy and well-drained soil. It does not grow in shade and should be planted in full sun. It tolerates both dry or moist soil and can survive drought. This is a great herb to grow indoors in containers, they are easy to grow and maintain. Keep a layer of stones at the bottom of the container under the soil to facilitate drainage.
SUMMER SAVORY IN THE KITCHEN
This herb with his taste can replace both salt and pepper, which can be of great use to those who are on a salt-free diet. As a spice, this herb goes extremely well with greasy dishes, with red and white cabbage, in mix salads, tomato sauce and generally in most soup recipes, Especially indicated and planted with beans because can control digestion gas production.
The leaves and stem have significant medicinal use. People assume Summer Savory for coughs, sore throat, and intestinal disorders including cramps, indigestion, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and loss of appetite. People with diabetes take it to relieve frequent thirst. It’s a tonic and interestingly, known to be a natural aphrodisiac and increase sex drive.
The extracted essential oil is regarded to have many of the same medicinal properties as the fresh or dried herb, and it is thought to have antispasmodic, anti-infectious, aphrodisiac, astringent, and expectorant properties; it has both antibacterial and anti-fungal effect and is integrated in diets to fight parasitic worms. The herbal tea made from the herb is an effective antiseptic gargle.