Savory Winter (Montana) Essential Oil
Both types of herb originates from the Mediterranean region and were much in demand by the Romans, who introduced them to Britain. Savory was said to be stimulated and, as such, is thought to be an effective aphrodisiac.
Winter Savory grows to height of some 30 cm, and has a spread of around 20 cm. The leaves are greyish green and similar to those of summer savory, while the flowers, borne in spiky clusters, are pinky white or pink.
Because of the high phenol content, savory oil is very strongly antiseptic, again like oregano and thyme, but it must always be used in dilution. It is very useful for hastening the formation of scar tissue, and for treating bites, burns, ulcers and abscesses.
For cuts, have ready a small bottle consisting of 70 per cent proof alcohol and 3 – 4 drops of savory essential oil. This will stop bleeding and stinging. Afterwards rub on an oil consisting of 10 ml (2 tsp) soya oil, 2 – 3 drops wheatgerm oil and 3 drops savory oil. This will help healing.
A herb tea made with fresh savory is a great tonic in the morning. Add a drop of honey.
To make an aphrodisiac wine similar to that of the ancients, add 5 g (1/4 oz) savory leaves, 15 ml (1 tbsp) sugar or fructose, and 5 ml (1 tsp) Angostura bitters to a bottle of good port or Madeira. Steep for a while, then drink a glass when you need it.
(See also acne, asthma, cold sores, flatulence, mouth ulcers and sexual problems.)
Savory (Satureja L.) plant species have been used for centuries as culinary herbs and spices, as well as traditional remedies for the treatment or relief of various common health symptoms in many parts of the world. Recent studies suggest that the use of some Satureja species is effective in protecting the body against oxidative stress, free radical damage, inflammation, microbial infections, etc., A review of many studies suggests that savory species, in addition to treating minor ordinary ailments, can potentially provide a novel natural prevention or treatment for some chronic and serious illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and Alzheimer's. Among the medicinal plants, Satureja species have gained increasing interest because they are composed of different bioactive chemicals such as volatile oils, phenolic compounds, flavonoids, tannins, steroids, acids, gums, mucilage, pyrocatechols, etc.[1,5,6] Studies have shown that there is an abundance of a variety in chemical composition and therapeutic values of different Satureja species.The major constituents of the essential oils from savory species are carvacrol, thymol, phenols, and flavonoids. Many reports show that in S. hortensis, carvacrol, thymol, γ-terpinene, and ρ-cymene are the main components of the essential oil and α-terpinene, β-caryophyllene, and β-bisabolene are present in smaller amounts
It is recommended that this oil be used only by experienced aromatherapists, and should not be used by anyone under the care of a health practitioner. Dilute well before use; for external use only. Winter Savory Essential Oil is a dermal and mucous-membrane irritant; a skin test is recommended prior to use and contact with eyes should be avoided.
PART USED Leaves and Flowering Tops
SYNONYMS Satureja montana L.
COMMON NAMES Winter Savory, Mountain Savory
EXTRACTION METHOD Steam Distilled Essential Oil
NOTE CLASSIFICATION Middle Note
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