Winter Savory And Its Medicinal Properties
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This topic will deal with a perennial plant named Winter Savory which is found in southern Europe and Mediterranean areas. The botanical name of this plant is Satureja montana.
Winter Savory Growth
- This plant which comes under the family Lamiacea achieves a height of 16 in and the oval-lanceolae leaves measures 1-2 cm long and 5 mm broad.
- The colors of the flowers are white.
- These plants are easy to grow and make an attractive border plant in herb garden.
- This plant is sunlight dependent and needs at least few hours of solid sunshine.
- People are using winter savory for hundreds of years as a spice.
- This plant has a low bunching habit unlike other plants.
- It is added as a spice in mushroom salads and in potato salads. This spice spreads very good aroma in the air when it is crushed.
- Winter savory is used as a companion plant for beans for keeping weevils away.
- It is added as a spicy ingredient in meat foods such as chicken and turkey and can be used in stuffing.
- The strong flavor will be reduced to a great extent during the process of cooking.
- Winter savory has antiseptic, aromatic, carminative, and digestive properties.
- It is also used as an expectorant and for the treatment of stings.
- This plant is spicier than its relative summer savory.
- It reduces and cures flatulence, gastro-enteritis, cystitis, nausea, diarrhea, bronchial congestion, sore throat and menstrual disorders.
Pregnant women should avoid consuming this spicy item. When the leaves are rubbed on the skin it cures sting bite. The plant is harvested during summer season when in flower and can be used fresh or dried.
Essential oil that is extracted from the plant can be used on bald head and it can also relieve arthritis. Generally summer savory increases the sexual desire, while winter savory decreases the sexual desire.