Native to the eastern Mediterranean, summer savory is a low-growing plant that belongs to the mint family. Ancient Egyptians dried the summer savory herb to be powdered and used in various tonics. Today, summer savory is best known for its culinary uses, but it also offers many health benefits.
Summer Savory essential oil promotes healthy cellular strength, offering benefits and support to a myriad of body systems including the respiratory, immune, nervous, musculoskeletal, digestive, and cardiovascular systems.* This is primarily due to its main chemical constituent, carvacrol. Experimental research suggests that carvacrol may also help with healthy weight management.*
Carvacrol is a phenol constituent. Phenols have powerful antioxidant properties.* They are also very potent, which may cause irritation or sensitivity to the skin. Oils with high phenol content like Summer Savory, Oregano, and Clove should be diluted before topical application.
Appropriately, Summer Savory grows only during warm months. It grows between July and September, blossoming lilac flowers and bronzy green leaves. The essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant after they have been harvested and dried.