Savory (summer)

Satureja hortensis

Savory

The story…

Savory is native to the Mediterranean region. It thrives in sunny places with light, well-drained limestone soils, and is often found along roadsides. Its flowers and leaves give off a peppery scent when crumpled. It has been used as a condiment since ancient times and is one of the “herbes de Provence”. It is also a component of fricot, a traditional Acadian stew, or else added to black tea in Azerbaijan. Its name perhaps comes from the Latin satyrus, Satyrus, because of the aphrodisiac properties attributed to it in the Middle Age.

Uses

Digestion

Savory has carminative properties and helps to prevent or soothe bloating and slow digestion. It reduces spasms, regulates intestinal contractions and rebalances the intestinal flora. It also calms pain.

Tiredness and immune system

Savory is a tonic, that restores energy – whether during digestive fatigue or not – and prevents asthenia (generalized fatigue or weakening of the body, often due to stress). It helps to regulate stress without having a sedative effect. It is also a broad-spectrum anti-infectious, antiviral and anti-parasitic, which relieves and stimulates the immune system.

Preparation

Infusion: 5g of leaves per cup of water. Cover and let infuse 10 min; drink between 1 and 3 cups per day, after meals.

Precautions

Savory infusion can cause insomnia when taken in the evening. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor.

Savory

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