Savory is a plant which closes relative to thyme, lavender and sage (Lamiaceae plant family). Savory has a quite hot taste, like thyme, and a bit acrid, and have abundant of mineral and vitamins. This herb is a good source of iron, potassium, manganese, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Savory also contains lots of volatile-oil phenols like Carvacrol, Thymol, Cymene and Pinene. These oils give savory exceptional antiseptic properties. For that reason, savory can protect you from intestinal and lung infections, as well as renal infections.
There are two main types of savory: summer savory and winter savory. But the summer savory has a sweeter flavor than winter savory and often used for cooking. Savory can be used as a seasoning for chicken, fish and meat. Fresh savory makes a great garnish for salads. It can be added to many different types of soups and sauces. Savory can maintain their flavor and aroma when dried. You can dry savory by cutting and keeping it in the cool, dry and drafty place for winter using. But remember that savory leaves harvested before the plants flower will have the best flavor.
7 HEALTH BENEFITS OF SAVORY
1. Natural Antiseptic Herb
2. Rich sources of Vitamin, Mineral and Fiber
3. Immune System Support
4. Home remedies for cold and flu
5. Support Digestion
6. Natural anti inflammatory
7. Nature remedies for stronger skin
SIDE EFFECTS OF SAVORY
- Normally Savory is safe to everybody when eating or drinking it as tea or using it oil. Remember that summer savory can cause skin problems. Do not use concentrated and undiluted savory oil direct to your skin, it can cause irritating. Always use savory oil by diluting it with water.
- The Chinese traditional medicine advises not to exaggerate the consumption of savory. When using too much savory you can have fever or aggravate some cardiovascular afflictions.
- Do not use summer savory while pregnant or nursing. As there are not so many researches about the use it summer savory during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
- Ask your doctor before using savory tea if you are in therapy or prescribed to any medications.
HOW TO MAKE SAVORY TEA?
Tea brewed with savory can be used to treat internal health problems. It can treat urine retention, gastric disorders, cough, headache, colic and uterine contraction. Savory is quite hot and not good for using too much. I usually have only one cup of savory tea in morning for a day to boost up the body. If you drink it in day times, remember to drink savory tea before primary meal.
- 2 fresh savory sprigs or half teaspoon of dried savory.
- Put savory in a cup and pour boiling water.
- Wait for 8-10 minutes before using it.
- Add honey or sugar to sweeten the drink. I prefer no sugar savory tea as sugar is not good to your health and skin.
MORE SAVORY’S RECIPES
- Savory and mint leaf tea: mix 2 fresh savory sprigs (half teaspoon of dried savory) with half teaspoon of dried mint leaves. You can use savory and mint leaves drink to reduce the cough and cold. I have to say this drink does not look yummy but it is very tasty with strong flavor of savory and mint leaves. Besides, it might give you stronger skin with rich sources of menthol from mint leaves. Mint leaf can clear acne and healing your skin too.
- Savory and chamomile tea: You can brew savory leaf with chamomile tea as natural sleep remedies. This drink can give you a deep sleeping. But you should drink this herbal tea in the evening or before going to bed. As chamomile can make you feel sleepy. It’s not wise to use this drink when driving or using any kind of machine. Besides, chamomile can interact with some medicine and have some side effect. You can check details about chamomile in Chamomile: Health benefits and Side Effect.