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Winter Savory (Satureja montana L.)

Updated on April 5, 2012
Winter Savory, freshly cut.
Winter Savory, freshly cut. | Source

Another spice, that can be used for a healthy stomach.

Grows in the wild in more temperate climate. Mainly on limestone rocks and alike.

Grown plant is tall 10-12 inches and has slightly hairy spear-tip-like leaves, 1-2 inches long. Blossoms are white or white to light purple. 3 to 5 blossoms in a small cluster.

The usefull part is the whole plant without the roots. Can be harvested before and during blossoming. Needs to be dried in cooler place without sunlight to a temperature no more than 35 C (95 F).

Uses (except culinary)

The herb stimulates stomach and intestines to digest the food. Supresses gripes and diarrhea. Very good for frequent nausea.

Can also benefit the strong thirst in diabetes mellitus at night and lightly lowers blood pressure.


Can you make soup? That's one awesome use of this herb. Also improves the taste of lamb. Bread with butter and some salt and savory is also very tasty.

If you insist on making tea from this herb: 2 tablespoons of the dried herb are put in a cup and 400 ml hot water is poured over. Leave for 1 hour or until fully cooled. Drink 3 times a day, before meals. It is awesome digestive, but I still suggest you use it for cooking. The etheric oils inside the herb are not destroyed by heat.

Satureja Hortensis L.

A.k.a ordinary Savory, has absolutely the same healing benefits as the mountain genus, but is quite weaker. So if you don't live in temperate climate or can't find, buy or gather the mountain herb - use the one in the kitchen.


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      Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      BTW: Your cat will graze it often too. So if you like pots with herbs, you need to find a good place - far from kittens :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Interesting overview. I was not familiar with this herb. Thanks!