Satureja Hortensis is an aromatic culinary and medicinal herb known as summer savory. Summer savory is one of about thirty different herbs in its genus that are called savories. This includes its so-called counterpart, winter savory (satureja montana). Summer savory is named accordingly because it is not frost hardy. Summer savory is used in the kitchen similarly to sage, especially as a poultry seasoning. All of the aerial parts of the plants are used. Like sage, summer savory is also used by some people as an expectorant. The herb can be made into a steam bath to clear lungs, and it reportedly acts as a digestive aid. As such, it is used as an herbal remedy for diarrhea, cramps, nausea and intestinal problems. It was also reportedly used in Iranian folk medicine as a muscle and bone pain reliever and is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is a low-growing plant that will attract pollinating insects into your garden. Summer savory is also a good selection if you have an indoor kitchen garden.
Growing Information: The seeds should be sown shallowly in a moist well-draining soil. They are usually sown directly outdoors in the spring when the danger of frost has passed. Sow either in the ground or in containers. Look for a location with good sun, and maintain the plants in clumps that are spaced 6-10 inches apart. Harvest the foliage when the plants are in flower. You can have successive plantings in the same season. It is common for germination to be slow.
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