Winter Savory Scientific Name
Winter Savory Other Names
Chinese: Hsiang po ho
French: Sarriette des jardins
What is Winter Savory?
Winter Savory is a semi-evergreen, perennial herb in the Lamiaceae family. Commonly found in warm temperate climates such as Africa, the Mediterranean, and southern Europe, its dark green leaves and summer flowers range in color from lavender and pink to white. As an herb, its leaves and stem are used to create the medicine.
Winter Savory treats intestinal disorders including intestinal gas cramps, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, and cramps. Additionally, it treats a cough and a sore throat. It also works to reduce one’s sex drive. Winter savory is alleged to have digestive, carminative, aromatic, and antiseptic benefits. Lastly, it has been used in the treatment of bee stings, or insect bites, by using the poultice of its leaves.
Common forms of Winter Savory
Powder, Oil, Seeds, Leaf
Winter Savory is commonly used for:
- Treating Indigestion
- Relieving Cramps
- Treating Diarrhea
- Treating Nausea
- Reducing Intestinal gas (flatulence)
- Treating Sore throat
- Reducing Cough
- Reducing Sex drive
- Treating Insect Bites (when applied to the skin)
Winter Savory Dosage
Limited clinical evidence is available that provides specific doses of Winter Savory.
Winter Savory Side-effects and Warnings
Common side-effects: Winter savory is safe when used in small amounts with food; however, there is not enough information to know if it is safe in the larger amounts and when used as a medicine.
Not so common side-effects: Not known.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking Winter Savory if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Remain cautious and avoid use.
Children: Not known.