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SUMMER SAVORY

Other Names:

Ajedrea de Jardín, Bean Herb, Bohnenkraut, Calamintha hortensis, Herbe de Saint Julien, Poivrette, Sarriette Commune, Sarriette d’Été, Sarriette des Jardins, Satureja hortensis, Savory.

SUMMER SAVORY Overview
SUMMER SAVORY Uses
SUMMER SAVORY Side Effects
SUMMER SAVORY Interactions
SUMMER SAVORY Dosing
SUMMER SAVORY Overview Information

Summer savory is a plant. The leaves and stem are used to make medicine.

People take summer savory for coughs, sore throat, and intestinal disorders including cramps, indigestion, gas, diarrhea, nausea, and loss of appetite. People with diabetes take it to relieve frequent thirst. It is also used as a tonic and as an aphrodisiac to increase sex drive.

Some people apply summer savory directly to the skin for insect bites.

In foods, summer savory is used as a culinary spice. The oil is used as a flavoring agent.

How does it work?

The chemicals in summer savory are thought to decrease muscle spasms and kill bacteria and fungus.

SUMMER SAVORY Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Cough.
  • Gas.
  • Intestinal cramps.
  • Indigestion.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Nausea.
  • Thirst in people with diabetes.
  • Sore throat.
  • Increasing sex drive.
  • Insect bites, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of summer savory for these uses.


SUMMER SAVORY Side Effects & Safety

Summer savory is safe in food amounts and seems to be safe for most people when taken by mouth in usual medicinal amounts or when the oil is diluted before putting on the skin.

Summer savory can cause skin problems. The concentrated, undiluted oil is very irritating and should not be used.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of summer savory during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

SUMMER SAVORY Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for SUMMER SAVORY Interactions

SUMMER SAVORY Dosing

The appropriate dose of summer savory depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for summer savory. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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