Botanical Name: Satureja hortensis
- English: Summer Savory, Winter Savory
- Also, known as: Bonekruid, Chubritsa, Bonenkruid, Sarriette, Bohnenkraut, Pfefferkraut, Santoreggia, Seibari, Sabori, Segurelha-das-hortas, Ajedrea, Sabroso, Kyndel,
Habitat: Indigenous to southeastern Europe or the Mediterranean region
Parts Used: Leaves
Savory is native to Europe and Asia. The plant grows to a height of about 1 foot, has small aromatic greyish leaves that turn purple (in late summer) and white, pink, or violet flowers. There are thirty species of savory. Summer savory is the fresh or dried stem tips with leaves. They are soft and succulent with a spicy, peppery taste and an aroma reminiscent of thyme and oregano but with a hint of mint.
Savory is indigenous to southeastern Europe (summer savory) or the Mediterranean region, including southern Europe and North Africa (winter savory). Thyme-leaved savory originates from the southeastern parts of Europe specifically Balkans, Crete and Greece. Savory has a long history of use as medicine and also for its alleged aphrodisiac properties, as the generic name derived from “satyr’s herb” suggests. The leafy stems tips are picked and used fresh, but dried summer savory is commercially available as a spice herb in some countries. Regular harvesting and pruning is beneficial to prevent flowering and prolong the production of new leaves.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also, for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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