Winter Savory - Useful Herb for Skin Infections
Satureja montana Lamiaceae
This small, woody perennial grows wild as a small bush in welldrained, chalky areas of southern Europe and bears tough, shiny, lance-shaped leaves. Winter savory has been grown as a culinary herb in Britain since the Middle Ages. Its flowers are pure white or speckled with pink.
Non-woody flowering tops
The herb is harvested just after the flowers come into bloom in summer. . The crop may be dried for use as a seasoning or as an infusion or it may be processed for its essential oil.
The essential oil is rich in carvacrol and thymol but also contains other monoterpenes. The exact mix of compounds varies according to the time of year and the weather.
Winter savory owes its therapeutic properties mainly to its essential oil. The plant is traditionally used for its tonic and digestive qualities. Today it is used in pharmaceutical products that relieve intestinal spasms as well as fungal and bacterial infections.Externally, the herb's antiseptic properties mean it is useful for treating minor wounds, fungal skin infections, mouth ulcers, thrush and sore throats.
In 1998 in vitro studies performed by Japanese scientists found that winter savory demonstrated potent activity against HIV type 1.
Plant seeds in spring in a sunny spot. Use well-drained, preferably alkaline soil.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT belching, flatulence, diarrhoea
For external use
TO TREAT minor wounds INFUSION Put 30g of dried flowering tops into 1 litre of boiling water. Infuse for 10 minutes, then strain. Apply directly onto the wound to clean it.
TO TREAT fungal skin infections COMPRESS Soak a cloth in the infusion (above) and apply to the affected areas two times a day.
TO TREAT mouth ulcers, thrush, sore throats
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
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