The summer savory is a plant that joins the genus of bean herbs. It belongs to the subcategory of the lip bloom plants. The variety of savory, which is available from us, has different countries of origin. The summer savory comes from the eastern Mediterranean, the winter savory is native to southern Europe.
The species are now wild in the Mediterranean countries and the Balkans. Sometimes you can find plants in Germany and Austria sporadically. The perfect location is not too dry, nitrogen-rich, loose and often stony soils in warmer conditions. The savory is found on railway embankments, on fields and on barren soil.
The summer savory is a herbaceous plant that is annual and reaches a height of about 55 centimeters. The leaves of summer and winter savory are similar. They are up to three inches long and have a lanceolate shape. The leaves are short stalked, fluffy and slightly hairy. The stalk can lignify. The heyday of summer savory is between June and the beginning of October.
You can admire up to five white, blue-purple to pale pink flowers that have two-parted lip flowers. When maturing, dark brown, round to ovate seeds develop. The summer savory is a light germ, which means that the seeds are only lightly pressed into the ground and need a bright location before they are planted out. The best time to harvest savory is the phase just before flowering.
Already at the time of the Romans summer savory was used as a medicinal herb. As a representative of the legumes, it is easily digestible. It is also said to have an antibacterial effect. The herbs contain a high amount of Carvacrol (terpenoid natural substance), which has anti-inflammatory effects. In case of gout or rheumatism, carvacrol is used. Other ingredients that are of great medical importance are the bitter and tannins, the thymol (active ingredient in the group of essential oils) and urolaic acid (used as an anti-inflammatory agent).
The most common use is for abdominal pain and skin problems. When suffering from bloating and cramps in the stomach and intestine you can already take savory prophylaxis. Taken in tea form, it also has an antispasmodic effect and also helps against diarrhea. Even when loss of appetite summer savory is taken.
During the preparation of tea fresh or dried herb is poured over with no more boiling water. Fresh savory pulls about ten and dried about five minutes. When coughing it is effective to gargle the chilled tea. If you suffer from greasy and blemished skin, take a facial steam bath with savory.
It regulates the sebum production of the skin and gently treats inflammatory impurities. Not proven is the antibacterial property of the savory. The herb is used to help with diseases caused by mold. Even with problems of a sexual nature, savory acts. So it is used for example in erectile dysfunction.
The summer savory is used because of the essential oils not only as a medicinal plant, but also as a spice plant in the kitchen. Whether fresh or dried, it is a classic in the spice cupboard. In many herbs, the seasoning in the dried state, not so savory leaves. If it has a particularly good quality, it can even intensify the aroma.
In taste, the savory is tart, strong and has a slightly crisp note. It is similar to Mediterranean herbs, such as thyme and rosemary. The savory is often used to refine bean salad and beans, and peas, lentils and potato dishes give the savory an aromatic taste.
Another is savory used for the production of herb butter or cream cheese. The summer savory also tastes good with fish and lamb and harmonises with the taste. Due to the intense, aromatic taste, the savory should be used sparingly and can be added to the dishes during cooking. This is how it develops an optimal aroma.
Due to the preventative effect of flatulence it is a popular remedy. When taken in high doses, however, the anticonvulsant effect of the savory can do exactly the opposite. It causes cramping and promotes abdominal pain. Especially in pregnancy should be dispensed with the intake of summer savory. Such types of cramps can cause premature birth or miscarriage.
Also with allergies caution is necessary. If there is an allergy to mugwort, then a cross allergy (if there is an allergy, then the allergen also reacts to ingredients in other allergen sources) can not be ruled out with savory. The intake and dosage should be clarified if necessary with a doctor.
The summer savory can usually be bought in a nursery. Since it is an annual plant, the perennial winter savory can be bought, which is more intense in taste. Dried savory is found in herbal shops, online shops and pharmacies. Since the aroma is not lost when preserving, there are hardly any risks when buying. Nevertheless, attention should be paid to an aroma-sealed packaging when buying.