Winter Savory

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What other names is Winter Savory known by?

Ajedrea, Calamintha montana, Herbe de Saint Julien, Mountain Savory Oil, Poivre d'Âne, Sadrée, Sarriette, Sarriette des Montagnes, Sarriette Vivace, Satureja montana, Satureja obovata, Savory, Savourée.

What is Winter Savory?

Winter savory is an herb. The leaves and stems are used to make medicine.

People take winter savory for intestinal disorders including cramps, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, and intestinal gas. They also take it to treat cough and sore throat, reduce sex drive, and as a tonic.

In manufacturing, winter savory oil is used as a flavoring agent.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of winter savory for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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How does Winter Savory work?

Winter savory might work by increasing the production of urine (as a diuretic) and by opening (dilating) blood vessels.

Are there safety concerns?

Winter savory is LIKELY SAFE in the amounts used in foods, but there isn't enough information to know if it is safe for use in the larger amounts typically used as a medicine.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking winter savory if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Are there any interactions with medications?



Lithium
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
Talk with your health provider.

Winter savory might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking winter savory might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.

Dosing considerations for Winter Savory.

The appropriate dose of winter savory depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for winter savory. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Reviewed on 3/29/2011 12:35:40 PM

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