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Moutain Savory

Satureja montana

Mountain savory (Satureja montana), also known as winter savory, is an annual perennial plant in the Lamiaceae family. Native to the Mediterranean and the Near East, it has woody stems at the base, narrow grey leaves, small fragrant flowers and leathery, shiny leaves. This small herbaceous perennial plant is 20 to 40 centimetres long. Along with thyme, rosemary and marjoram, it is one of the four ”herbes de Provence” under the local and familiar name of ”poivre d’âne”.

Main aromatic molecules: Monoterpene phenols (carvacrol, thymol), monoterpenes (α and γ-terpinenes, paracymene), monoterpenols.
Family: Lamiaceae.
Producing organs : Aerial parts.
Yield: 250g of essential oil per 100kg of plant.
Equivalence: 1ml → 30 drops (dosage calculated for a calibrated European Pharmacopoeia dropper).

Skin application

Oral route

The Mountain Savory was long known for its aphrodisiac powers, known since ancient times. This sulphurous reputation earned him a ban in the Middle Ages in the gardens of the monasteries …


Extracts from the book ’Aromatherapia – All about essential oils’, by Isabelle Pacchioni, watercolors by Patrick MORIN, Aroma Thera Editions . Extracts from the book ’41 essential oils essential for treating yourself differently’ and ’48 essential oils which every home needs to be healthy’ by Isabelle Delaleu and Isabelle Pacchioni, Publications of the Mandadori France group. Botanical illustrations by Agathe Haevermans.

The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.

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