Flowering tops, essential oil.
Most often, summer savory is employed in the form of a culinary herb. However, it possesses specific therapeutic properties some of which are beneficial for our digestive system. Compared to its close relative winter savory (botanical name S, Montana) the action of this plant is mild. The entire herb, particularly its flowering shoots, is aromatic, antiseptic, digestive, carminative, stomachic and expectorant. When used internally, summer savory is believed to work as an independent remedy for colic and also cure flatulence. In addition, summer savory is used for treating conditions like diarrhea, nausea, congestion of the bronchial tracts, tender throats as well as menstrual problems. However, this herb should never be given to pregnant women, for it may possibly have an adverse affect on the fetus. Rubbing a twig of the summer savory at sites of bee stings or wasp stings provided relief almost instantaneously. Like its close cousin summer savory, winter savory too is frequently used in culinary and it offers distinct remedial benefits, particularly to the entire digestive system. Compared to summer savory (S. hortenis), this plant possesses a more potent actions. When used internally, winter savory is understood to work as an independent remedy for colic and also cure flatulence. In addition, this herb is used to treat conditions like bronchial congestion, cystitis, diarrhea, gastro-enteritis, nausea, aching throats as well as menstruation problems. Like summer savory, this herb should also not be used during pregnancy. Winter savory is harvested during the summer when the plant is in blossom and may be used fresh or dried up and stored for future use. The essential oil obtained from this plant is used as an active element in liniments for the scalp in the initial stages of baldness. In addition, the entire plant is used to prepare a salve that is applied topically to alleviate joint pains due to arthritis.
Savory is native to the southern regions of Europe and is generally grown in the form of a garden plant. The flowering tops of these herbs are gathered during the summer. Winter savory grows well in sunlit locations that have a good drainage system. While winter savory is a perennial plant and possesses a spicy, pungent essence, summer savory is an annual plant, possessing similar attributes, but in a way more subtle. Summer savory is propagated by its seeds, which are sown in fertile, light and damp soil, about eight inches from one another. On the contrary, winter savory has the aptitude to survive even in lesser fertile soils and does not require much water. Propagation of winter savory can be done by its seeds, cuttings as well as division. Several summer savory plants can be grown together in big pots. Alternatively, you may also grow them separately in pots measuring about 12 inches (30 cm). It is essential to supply a normal potting soil and also use fertilizers for plants grown in pots once in 3 to 4 weeks. Spruce the branch tips frequently with a view to promote luxuriant growth. You can sow the summer savory seeds throughout the year and this species may be cultivated well indoors, provided you keep the containers in a location that is cool as well as bright.
The technique of adding flavour to foods has been derived from the traditional French cuisine. For example, bouquet garni, a traditional herbal combination used to cook meats as well as vegetables, is most excellent when it is used in so-called 'wet' recipes - soups, stocks, stews, poached vegetables, meat or fish, wherein the culinary liquid soaks up the essence of the herbs, which, subsequently, infuses into the ingredients. The basis of bouquet garni comprises two to three stems of freshly obtained parsley together with one stem or leaf of two to three additional herbs. You may try out with these ingredients and determine for yourself the precise combinations you prefer for preparing different dishes. While a kitchen twine or resilient sewing thread is essential, you may experiment with any one of the combinations of freshly obtained herbs listed below.