The medicinal power of annual savory

Savory is related to thyme and rosemary. There are more than 30 types of savory, in addition to annual savory, there is savory that can survive the winter. The plant grows to a height of about 15 to 50 centimeters. It is a widely used culinary herb; In Bulgarian and Italian cuisine it is a well-known means of enriching the taste of dishes. Savory has a carminative effect. That is why it is traditionally used in meals with beans. This is how this herb got its Dutch name. The advantage of savory is that the smell does not change when it is cooked. In addition to its carminative effect, savory has a whole host of other medicinal properties. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

Botanical drawing annual savory / Source: Johann Georg Sturm (Painter: Jacob Sturm), Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)


  • Traditional use
  • Naming
  • Active substances
  • Savory in the kitchen
  • Savory for stomach problems
  • Other medicinal effects of savory
  • Dose and safety
  • Visit a doctor or herbal therapist

Traditional use

In folk medicine, savory is used in a homemade thirst-quenching tea for diabetics. In addition, tea is a menstrual enhancer. It is also used for menstrual pain. It is also a diuretic; a diuretic. In addition, it is considered a nerve tonic. A tonic is a tonic; savory is therefore considered a remedy that is good for the nerves. Furthermore, it has traditionally been used as a diaphoretic. It is even said to expel internal worms. Savory used to be put in the bath because it smells nice and because it fights skin infections.


In Latin, annual savory is called Satureja hortensis . In Dutch we usually say: savory; we omit the prefix annual. As mentioned in the introduction, savory owes its name to the fact that it is used in combination with eating beans. Alternative names in Dutch are: Scharenkruid, Tuinkeul, Keul, Saturije, Koele and Lochtekol.

Active substances

The entire herb growing above ground is used for phytotherapeutic purposes. This mainly contains essential oil with the phenols carvacrol, eugenol and thymol, the monoterpenes alphathujene, alpha and betapinene, myrcene, alpha and gamma terpinene, paracymene, sesquiterpenes such as betacaryophyllene, betabisabolene, the monoterpenols linalol and terpinene-1-ol-4, damascenone, tannins and triterpenic acids.

Savory in the kitchen

Instead of savory you can use mountain savory; the latter has a slightly stronger effect. Winter savory also has approximately the same taste. Savory is good to use in soups, omelettes, salads, vegetable mixes and as fillings for vegetable pies.

Savory for stomach problems

Savory contains essential oil that has a disinfectant effect. The tannins in savory provide an astringent or astringent property. In addition, it has a stomach-strengthening, digestive and carminative effect.

Satureja hortensis / Source: MarkusHagenlocher, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

  • Mild diarrhea,
  • Mild Gastroenteritis,
  • Gastralgias or stomach pain,
  • Dyspepsia or poor digestion,
  • Flatulence or flatulence,
  • Bad-smelling bowel movements.

When savory is used for the stomach, the box is combined with valerian, lemon balm and mint. These three herbs have a soothing effect on the stomach and intestines.

Other medicinal effects of savory

The antiseptic and expectorant effect make savory a remedy that can be used for respiratory diseases.
The essential oil has an effect as a general tonic; a strengthening agent for the body. It can be used for asthenia or fatigue, as part of several medicinal plants that combat fatigue.

Dose and safety

There are a number of ways to use this medicinal plant safely.

  • Mother tincture: 30 drops three times a day,
  • Infusion or tea: two to three cups per day of 1.5 grams of savory per cup of tea.

At this therapeutic dose, this culinary medicinal herb is safe. A high dose should not be given during pregnancy. Although no external effects have been described, it is still good to note that savory should not be applied to the skin or should be applied to a very limited extent due to the possibility of skin damage and rash.

Visit a doctor or herbal therapist

Much of the information about the medicinal plant mentioned in this article comes from the book Groot Handboek Medicinal Plants by Geert Verhelst. That is a handbook in phytotherapy. However, it is not suitable for self-healing. Anyone who suffers from something should consult a doctor or herbal therapist for a good diagnosis and choice of the best remedies, tailored to your personal situation. The knowledge and science mentioned here is of a purely informative nature.