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Savory: all about the pepper herb that is not only used in the kitchen

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Savory is not only a precious aromatic herb to be used in the kitchen, but also a particularly effective natural remedy.

Many people use savory daily in the kitchen, but few know its medicinal properties. It is, in fact, a precious natural remedy that can become a great ally in the presence of certain infectious diseases . Let's see what are its properties, uses and contraindications to keep in mind.

What is savory?

Aromatic medicinal plant belonging to the Labiate family, savory or pepper herb is used both in the kitchen and as a natural remedy. It boasts important properties : antibacterial, digestive, healing, antifungal, antispasmodic, astringent, stimulant and aphrodisiac. Its virtues are given by the essential oil, present above all in the leaves and flowering tops.

Savory, thanks to its properties, is recommended to combat various problems, especially infectious diseases affecting the respiratory and urinary tracts. Therefore, it is indicated to combat: cough , cold , candida and other pathogenic fungi, slow digestion , nausea , abdominal swelling, diarrhea , meteorism , mouth and body wounds, impure skin, dandruff and greasy hair .

As for the uses , savory is found on the market in the form of dry extract, essential oil, mother tincture and hydrosol. The choice of the product and the relative doses vary according to the benefit to be obtained. Therefore, follow the directions given by the herbalist or pharmacist. Remember, however, that savory in herbal tea can be used for both internal and external problems.

Pepper herb: contraindications to keep in mind

Savory has an intense flavor , a mix between mint and pepper. It is very tasty because it is slightly peppery and has a slightly smoky aftertaste. That's why it can be used to flavor many dishes: from appetizers to salads, passing through main courses. When used as an aromatic herb, savory has no particular contraindications to keep in mind.

The situation is different if it is taken as an essential oil, mother tincture or hydrosol. Products of this type must be avoided during pregnancy or lactation, in the pediatric age and in the presence of allergies/intolerances to one or more of the active ingredients.

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