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Winter Savory



(Satureja montana)

Member of the lamiaceae (mint) family

Common names: mountain savory

Beetles in your garden? Plant some winter savory ... problem solved!

This delightful little herb is often used to flavor liqueur.

A fragrant culinary herb, winter savory is best sprinkled onto food just before serving. If you are a fan of salami, you may recognize this herbs flavor as one of its main ingredients.

Winter savory is believed to act as a stimulant, both physically and psychologically. This belief lent favorably to it acquiring a reputation as an aphrodisiac.

Some say that it serves no purpose as a medicinal aid. However, it has been used as an appetite stimulant, and is confirmed by research to be effective carminative and antiseptic gargle.


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