The medicinal power of mountain savory

Mountain savory has a taste that is very similar to annual savory. Mountain savory has a more pronounced flavor than regular savory. Perennial savory generally grows slightly taller than its close relative. It is an excellent plant in the vegetable garden. She likes moist soil. Mountain savory is related to thyme and rosemary and the taste is somewhat similar; especially if it is fresh. In phytotherapy, both annual savory and mountain savory are well-functioning medicines that are supported by scientific research. 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.


  • Traditional use
  • Naming
  • Active substances
  • Mountain savory for the lungs and urinary tract
  • Mountain savory, good for the stomach and intestines
  • Mountain savory, against exhaustion
  • External applications of mountain savory
  • Dose and safety
  • Visit a doctor or herbal therapist

Traditional use

The medicinal properties of mountain savory are very similar to those of annual savory. They are used interchangeably, both in cooking and medicinally. It is an antiseptic, carminative and digestive herb. It is used for colic, flatulence, gastroenteritis, cystitis, nausea, diarrhea, bronchial congestion, sore throat and menstrual problems. An oil from savory seed can combat candida albicans. A wasp sting is adequately treated when a few leaves are rubbed over the bump. In the form of essential oil, savory is said to combat baldness and an ointment was made from it for arthritis in the joints.


In Latin, mountain savory is called Satureja montana . Satureja is an old name; Pliny, one of the ancient Romans, gave the herb this name. If you parse the name satureja to satur e ja then this means something like ‘satisfied with this flavor enhancer’. Maybe the name is based on that. Montana is the Latin word for ‘mountain’.

Active substances

The herb or more often the flowering tops of mountain savory are used for phytotherapeutic purposes. This mainly contains essential oils as the active substance. This essential oil mainly consists of the phenols carvacrol and thymol. It also contains the monoterpene paracymene. It also contains geraniol, flavonoids, tannins and triterpenes.

Mountain savory for the lungs and urinary tract

Mountain savory is a strong antiseptic. It has an antibacterial effect that is mainly used for respiratory problems and urinary tract disorders. In addition, mountain savory fights viruses and fungi in addition to bacteria. In addition, certain scientific research has established that the immune system is strengthened by mountain savory. This fact could make it helpful for people diagnosed with HIV; HIV is an immune disease. All these medicinal effects are reason for herbalists to use this medicinal plant for the following indications:

Flowers of mountain savory / Source: Nova, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-3.0)

  • Bronchitis,
  • Cough,
  • Cold,
  • Cystitis,
  • Prostatitis,
  • HIV.

In addition to mountain savory, there is of course the annual savory that is most commonly used in Dutch cuisine. This herb has the same properties as mountain savory, but slightly milder.

Mountain savory, good for the stomach and intestines

Mountain savory is stomach strengthening, digestive and decongestant. In general it is good for all kinds of difficult stomach and intestinal disorders. In addition, there is a disinfectant effect that can also be useful in the intestines; it helps with diarrhea and infections. You can mix the herb with your meal, but you can also drink a few cups of tea to achieve this medicinal effect.

  • Weak digestion,
  • Indigestion,
  • Meteorism,
  • Flatulence,
  • abdominal cramps,
  • Eructations or belching,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Dysentery,
  • Parasitic infections.

Mountain savory, against exhaustion

Mountain savory is a nerve tonic. This means that it prevents fatigue. The essential oil is the active component in this. In addition, the essential oil promotes blood circulation. That is why it is used for low blood pressure. In phytotherapy, these medicinal properties of this herb are used for the following indications:

  • Exhaustion,
  • Fatigue,
  • Low bloodpressure.

External applications of mountain savory

  • Mountain savory can be applied externally. It is good to know that use as a mouthwash also falls under the external effects.
  • The mouth and throat can be disinfected with a gargle, a cold tea diluted with water.
  • Nasal congestion is relieved with this medicinal herb, you need to put the cooled decoction mixed with water on a saucer and sniff it, so that a few drops enter the nose.
  • Minor skin wounds can be disinfected with a decoction or cooled tea of mountain savory.

Dose and safety

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

  • Tea or Infusion: 50 grams of herb in a liter of water, drink three to five cups of 150 ml per day.
  • Mother tincture: 30 drops three times a day.
  • External use: 5% of a tea or infusion.

When these therapeutic doses are maintained, mountain savory is a safe remedy. Pregnant women are not recommended to use mountain savory. On the skin it should only be applied in moderation as there is a risk of skin damage and rashes.

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.