Savory: real health benefits

Savory, a good source of antioxidants and minerals

Like many other herbs, savory is rich in antioxidants. These compounds have the function of fighting free radicals at the origin of the aging process and of certain diseases (cardiovascular diseases, cancers, etc.).

Savory is particularly rich in rosmarinic acid, a powerful antioxidant. In 2002, a study demonstrated the effectiveness of a savory extract on certain cases of liver cancer. But more work is needed to confirm these results, and to analyze the role of savory on other types of cancer.

What is certain is that savory is also a good source of iron, a mineral that plays an important role in the formation of red blood cells and the manufacture of cells and hormones. It also contains manganese, calcium, magnesium … Hence the interest in consuming it on a regular basis.

Savory for better digestion

Savory has digestive and carminative properties. Clearly, it helps to digest better, soothes digestive spasms and relieves stomach aches. It also helps to rebalance the intestinal flora, damaged for example by an unbalanced diet, taking antibiotics or a viral or bacterial infection (gastroenteritis). It is the ideal remedy for gas, bloating or diarrhea.

For all these indications, it can be taken as an infusion. Pour 50 g of flowering tops of savory in 1 liter of boiling water. Let steep off the heat and covered for 10 minutes. Drink three cups of this infusion per day until symptoms improve.

Savory against infections

This antiseptic and antiviral herb is particularly effective in cases of colds or sore throats. In this case, take it as an infusion, at the rate of 2 to 3 cups per day. To relieve a sore throat, you can also use this infusion as a mouthwash, as it has a mild numbing effect.

Savory is invigorating

Savory is an excellent anti-fatigue remedy. It allows you to find physical, intellectual and even sexual energy. Since the Middle Ages, it has been attributed aphrodisiac effects.

This is why, considered as the Devil’s plant, it was banned in the gardens of monasteries at that time! Its Latin name, Satureia hortensis, is also often associated with that of satyrs, known for their libidinous behavior …

Recipe ideas to take advantage of its health benefits

Thanks to its little peppery and spicy taste, savory brings spice to many recipes, without the disadvantages of pepper or chili that some people do not support.

Savory is most often eaten in dried form. If you find fresh savory, especially in the summer markets, don’t hesitate to try it. You can, for example, add it to your soups, your vegetable stews, your roasts, your grilled meats or fish … Be careful not to add too much, because its taste is very pronounced.

It is also delicious on goat cheese or in a potato dish. Because of its anti-flatulence properties, savory is also very often added to the cooking water of legumes (chickpeas, lentils, dried beans, etc.), because it makes them more digestible.

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