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How does Savory Boost Your Health and Your Cooking?

In the heart of the Mediterranean flora, Savory (Satureja thymbra) is one of the most remarkable herbs of Greek nature. Savory offers a unique combination of taste and healing properties. Known for its strong aromatic presence and its antiseptic properties, Savory has occupied a place of honour in traditional Greek cuisine and medicine from ancient times to the present day. Its ability to impart a distinctive flavour to food, as well as a range of health benefits, makes it an invaluable gift of nature.

In this article, we will explore the many uses of savory, focusing on both its rich history and wellness applications. From ancient times to the present day, savory has been an important ally in the daily battle for a life of health and harmony, offering a bridge between tradition and modern science. So, let’s discover together the secrets of this special herb and how it can enhance well-being in our everyday life.

” Savory, the link between tradition and science, enriches life with taste and health, being a gift of nature.”

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Reference to savory in ancient Greece

Since ancient Greece, savory was recognized as an important herb, both for its healing properties and for its use in cooking. In those days it was known as thymvri and was considered a natural treasure that symbolized well-being and harmony with the environment. This value of this herb is preserved to this day in Greek culture. In this way, it is as if savory reminds us of the constant connection between humans and nature that leads us to health and well-being.

The properties and benefits of savory

According to traditional medicine, savory (Satureja thymbra) is known for its amazing properties that promote health. One of its main benefits is to improve digestion. The essential oils found in the plant act as mild digestive enhancers, helping to alleviate symptoms such as bloating and indigestion.

At the same time, savory has been shown to have powerful antimicrobial properties. Studies have shown that the plant’s extract can fight a variety of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi that cause infections in humans. This makes it an excellent natural antiseptic to enhance food hygiene and protect against infections.

In addition, savory have been related to reducing stress and improving mental well-being. Its relaxing properties can help deal with anxiety and tension, providing a sense of calm and relaxation. Its positive effect on the nervous system can also help to improve sleep quality.

Although the above properties of savory are supported by traditional use and preliminary research studies, scientific research is continuing. The more we learn about the benefits of savory, the more important it becomes for medicine and nutrition nowadays. This highlights how important natural products are to our health.

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Savory, with its unique taste and healing properties, offers a wide range of applications in daily nutrition and personal care. Here are some ideas for incorporating it into everyday life:

The Savory in the Cooking:

  • Flavour Enhancer in Food: Add dried or fresh to sauces, soups and stews to enhance their flavour. This makes savory a true Mediterranean touch.
  • Meat and Fish Marinades: Use savory in marinades to add depth to the flavour of meat and fish. Apply before cooking or in grilling.


Personal Care:

  • Natural Soap with Savory: Incorporate the dried herb into homemade soap recipes for its antiseptic and aromatic properties.
  • Massage Oil: Prepare a relaxing savory-based massage oil that can help reduce stress and relieve muscle tension.


DIY Ideas:

  • Aromatic Pillows: Infuse small fabric pillows with savory essential oil to create natural fragrances that improve sleep quality.
  • Natural Insect Repellent: Savory can be used in natural insect repellents, thanks to its antimicrobial properties, protecting the room from mosquitoes and other insects.

Adding this herb to our daily routine is not only a way to take advantage of its health benefits, but also an opportunity to add a Mediterranean touch in our lives. These simple, yet powerful applications and recipes can help us incorporate its healing properties into our daily routine.

Warnings and Contraindications

According to traditional medicine and available scientific sources, savory (Satureja thymbra) is generally safe for the majority of people when used in culinary quantities. However, as with any herbal product, there are instances where its use should be used with caution:

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

There is not enough reliable information on the safety of its use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid its use in large quantities during these periods.

Sensitivity or allergies

Persons with known sensitivity or allergies to herbs of the mint family (Lamiaceae), to which savory belongs, should be cautious when using it.

Medical Conditions

Individuals with certain medical conditions or those taking medication should consult their doctor before using savory. This is because it may influence the effectiveness of certain medications or worsen certain conditions.

Savory is known for its health benefits. Excessive consumption or use in large doses can cause side effects. Some of them may be diarrhea or gastric problems. It is important to always use it in moderation. It is also advisable to seek the advice of a specialist when used for therapeutic purposes.

This herb is a valuable ally in enhancing our health and well-being. It can and does offer a plethora of benefits from improving digestion to dealing with stress. Its flexibility in the kitchen and in personal care makes savory an invaluable ingredient. It is an essential ingredient for those seeking a natural approach to health. However, it is important to know the warnings and contraindications of its use. This especially in specific situations such as pregnancy, breastfeeding or the presence of certain medical conditions. With moderation and respect for the properties of this special herb, we can enjoy its benefits. We only need to incorporate it into our daily routine.


Frequently asked questions

What is savory?

It is an aromatic plant of the Lamiaceae family, known for its taste and medicinal properties.

Can savory help reduce stress and anxiety? If so, how?

Yes, it can help reduce stress and anxiety thanks to the essential oils it contains, which have relaxing properties. Make a herbal tea and take immediate advantage of its properties.

What are briefly its medicinal properties?

Briefly, savory has antimicrobial, antiseptic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Is there a connection between savory and thyme?

It is related to thyme as a related plant within the same family (Lamiaceae), but they are different species.

What is the relationship between thryba and thrumbi?

It is the same plant (savory – Satureja thymbra) which is found under many different names in Greece. This variety of names reflects the rich tradition and wide use of the plant in the Mediterranean region. On the other hand, its value in folk medicine and cooking has its own special place.


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