Savory hortensis Essential oil HungarySatureja hortensis L.
Botanical family : Lamiaceae
Method of culture : Conventional
Part harvested : Aerial parts
Harvest period :
CAS TSCA : 8016-68-0
INCI : Satureia hortensis extract
In the middle of the plant
Summer savory, or Satureja hortensis L., is an annual plant native to Southern Europe and found mainly around the Mediterranean basin. It is a member of the Lamiaceae family, which also includes lemon balm, lavender, marjoram, and rosemary. In ancient times, savory was mainly prized for its aphrodisiac properties. Thus, viewed as the Devil’s plant, it was long kept out of medieval pharmacology before being finally recognized for its medicinal properties. From the late 18th century to the early 19th century, savory was one of the plants required to be grown in the royal gardens, to be used for its infection-fighting virtues. This obligation was spelled out in the Capitular de Villis, a legislative text drafted on the orders of Charlemagne himself. In southern France, this plant is sometimes referred to as pèbre d’ai, which means “donkey pepper” in Provencal, a nod to its peppery flavor. Only two of the more than 150 species in existence are commonly used in aromatherapy: winter savory, Satureja montana, and summer savory. Summer savory, though rather rare in the wild, is cultivated as an aromatic plant for its essential oil. It has an inflorescence made up of clusters of white to pink flowers. It thrives in sunny regions with calcareous, well-drained soils. The flowers and leaves are harvested between August and September, to be hydrodistilled for savory essential oil, with agrestic and phenolic notes.
|Method for obtaining||Hydrodistillation|
|Appearance||Yellow to yellow-brown liquid|
|Constituents||Carvacrol, gamma-terpinene, p-cymene|
Advised uses : Perfumery, Cosmetic, Alimentary