It is used as a herb in cooking .
Winter savory have antiseptic, aromatic, carminative, and digestive benefits.
It has also been used as an expectorant and in the treatment of stings.
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.
It is also used as a remedy for colic and a cure for flatulence, whilst it is also used to treat gastro-enteritis, cystitis, nausea, diarrhoea, bronchial congestion, sore throat and menstrual disorders.
Species: S. montana
Summer savory is a traditional popular herb.
It is the main flavoring in dressing for many fowl, mixed with ground pork and other basic ingredients to create a thick meat dressing known as cretonnade which may be eaten with turkey, goose and duck.
It also is used to make stews such as fricot, and in meat pies.
It is also widely used as a seasoning for grilled meats and barbecues, as well as in stews and sauces.
Summer savory is said to increase sex drive.
A tea made from summer savory is used to control diarrhea, stomach ache and mild sore throat.
In diabetic patients it helps to reduce excessive thirst.
Savorys rubbed on wasp and bee stings gives instant relief. An ointment made from savory works well for relief of minor rashes and skin irritations.
Species: S. hortensis