|Botanical Nomenclature||Satureja hortensis|
|Common Name||Summer Savory|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Satureja hortensis is an annual herbaceous plant growing from 15 to 30cm, with lanceolate or linear leaves and violet or white flowers with green or purple spots. The flowering lasts from June to September and the harvesting takes place from July to August.|
|Region Found||Ioannina (Pindos, Smolikas, Peristeri)|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Aboveground plant parts|
|Active Substances||Rosmarinic acid, ursolic acid, tannins, flavonoids, triterpenes and essential oil, which contains 30% carvacrol, 20% cymene and thymol.|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The whole plant is used as digestive, expectorant, antidiarrheal, antiseptic, tonic of the nervous system and aphrodisiac. Also, it is administered in the form of herbal tea for the treatment of various gastrointestinal problems, colic, flatulence, gastroenteritis, dyspepsia, nausea and diarrhea. It is recommended against bronchitis, sore throat and menstrual disorders. Studies are conducted for the possible use of the aqueous extract for its anti-HIV-1 action. Finally, it is applied externally in the form of poultice against insect bites and arthritis.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as expectorant, antiseptic and gastric in the form of herbal tea (a quantity of dried herb, 2-3 times a day). It is applied externally to the skin in the form of poultice made from the fresh plant.
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||No side effects have been reported.|
|References||1)Βιβλίο: Οδηγός των φαρμακευτικών φυτών, Paul Schauenberg, Ferdinand Paris, Εκδότης Μ. Γκιούρδας, Αθήνα 1981, σελίδα 317-318, 2)http://chestofbooks.com/health/herbs/O-Phelps-Brown/The-Complete-Herbalist/Gentian-Gentiana-Lutea.html#.U1hES1V_sXc 3)http://medicinalherbinfo.org/herbs/Savory.html 4)http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Satureja+hortensis 5)http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail447.php 6)http://health-from-nature.net/Winter_Savory.html|