Health benefits and medicinal uses: Savory leaves contain high quality chemical compounds that have anti-oxidant,disease preventing and health promoting properties. Dietary fiber in this herb helps reduce bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol levels. It’s rich in minerals such as potassium,iron,calcium,zinc,magnesium,manganese and selenium. The herb is also a source of many important vitamins including vitamin A,B-complex,vitamin C. Savory contains essential oils which have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal applications. Distilled luke warm savory water is used for throat gargling to help relieve sore throat and bronchitis symptoms. Consumed as a herbal tea it has a revitalizing effect it stimulates the body and acts against intestinal parasites.
Tip: Make a herbal tea by adding one teaspoon full of dry herb in a cup of boiling water and cover for 10 minutes. Drain and drink up to 3 cups a day.
Precautions: Avoid during pregnancy.
Culinary uses: Savory leaves,fresh or dry can be used while cooking. You can scent olive oil, vinegar, olives and dried figs. It can also be used in preparation of soups and sauces. Fresh summer leaves complement salads and white cheeses. Along with other herbs and spices,savory is used to marinate meat and especially game, poultry and fish.