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lat. Satureja montana

Other names: birch, mountain mint, stone vrijesac, equine scream, scream a little, blue Kresini, Winter savory.

Plant description:


Winter savory is a one-foot, dark green, semi-woody, herbaceous perennial that is hardy in zones 5 to 11. Easy to grow, it makes an attractive border plant for any culinary herb garden. Plant where it can get about six hours of sun a day in soil that drains well.


Flowering time:


August-October and is susceptible to bees.




It can be found growing in old walls, on dry banks and rocks on hillsides, or rocky mountain slopes. Usually on calcareous, or alkaline soils. Grows especially in the coastal area of Croatia and Herzegovina.


The medicinal part of the plant:


Whole plant


Pharmaceutical use:


The whole herb, and especially the flowering shoots, is mildly antiseptic, aromatic, carminative, digestive, mildly expectorant and stomachic. Taken internally, it is said to be a sovereign remedy for colic and a cure for flatulence, whilst it is also used to treat gastroenteritis, cystitis, nausea, diarrhea, bronchial congestion, sore throat and menstrual disorders. It should not be prescribed for pregnant women. A sprig of the plant rubbed onto bee or wasp stings, brings instant relief. The plant is harvested in the summer when in flower and can be used fresh or dried. The essential oil forms an ingredient in lotions for the scalp in cases of incipient baldness. An ointment made from the plant is used externally to relieve arthritic joints.




Please be aware that herbs, although natural can interact with certain medications, and that they may be ill advised to use under certain health conditions. Please consult a qualified health practitioner for cautions pertinent to you.


No therapeutic claim is made or intended for AZENA products. Information is for educational purposes only.




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