Satureja hortensis Linn

Family ► Labiatae; Lamiaceae.

Habitat ► Native to Mediterranean region; found in Kashmir.

English ► Summer Savory. Winter Savory is equated with S. montana L.

Action ► Flowering top—carminative, digestive, laxative, stomachic, diuretic, sudorific and vermifuge. Used in flatulent colic and menstrual suppression. A tea (of leaves) is given as a carminative and expectorant. Essential oil—antibacterial, antifungal, spasmolytic.

The plant gave fluorine, labiatic acid, ursolic acid and beta-sitosterol. Labi-atic acid is antioxidant. The volatile oil consists mainly of carvacrol with p-cymene, beta-pinene, beta-phellandre-ne, limonene and borneol.

The volatile oil of S. montana contains carvacrol, p-cymene and thymol with alpha-and beta-pinene, cineole and borneol.

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