The Latin name of the herb is Satureja thymbra (the savory thymvra). It belongs to the Labiatae family and in our country we find the common throumba names gerontochorto, savory, thrympa, tragoriganos, zarmpouni or Zamboura.
The tragoriganos name probably derives from the fact that the native species Satureja Asia Minor considered them to be the real oregano (and not Origanum we call we oregano) while the plant is eaten with bulimia goats, hence the name.
In our country there are other species Satureja with savory name and similar properties and the same characteristic smell like Satureja hortensis, the Satureja Athoa, the Saturaja spinosa and Satureja cretica.
It is a perennial phrygana with strong aromatic properties, which reaches a height of 40 cm, fluffy, glandular. He pointed leaves reaching a length of 9-14 mm. Vertebrae sparse with many flowers purple, pink or white. Calyx hairy, almost hidden by equally large bracts.
The encounter in brushwood, mainly in calcareous soils. It is a plant that loves bees and at the time of flowering to collect, must fight with many bees that visit to harvest a. The use of the herb in cooking are as oregano. Flavored with vinegar and it Throumpes olives. Combined with grilled meats, legumes, marinades, sauces, omelettes, white cheeses, salads, milk and water green beans and raw vegetables.
Plant known since antiquity with thymvri name. The report Dioscorides and Theophrastus. The ancients were dedicated to the god Dionysus. Abounded in both Asia Minor who had christened rivers and cities with Thymvria name. Even Thymvriou temple of Apollo existed.
Highly appreciated for its medicinal and aromatic properties and put into the wine making the thromviti wine and used it along with thyme to flavor foods and especially hunting.
The Romans considered an aphrodisiac and used it a lot in their cooking.
In the Middle Ages they believed the plant as a panacea for all diseases. The thought and aphrodisiac herb, which is why it was forbidden to monks to plant in their garden. Our But as orthodox monks and villagers Throumpes flavored the olives and raisins with spices.
In Crete, the encounter and common thrympa names athrympa or tame thrympa. Farmers put in the distilleries and strafylla to get nice aroma raki. With savory washed and put into barrels before the must to neutralize paramykites. They drank the beverage plant for vomiting, zales, intestinal parasites and stomachaches. Also they were countering the lice of their animals with decoction of savory and covered it with sheets of savory cheese put in brine to get the cheese aroma.
It blooms from June to August. The collection should be done by mid-June until the first ten days of August.
For therapeutic purposes used terrestrial portions. The plant essential oil obtained by distillation from the flowers, leaves and twigs and best quality to give the dried plants.
The savory acts against intestinal parasites. It acts as a starter and helps digestion by neutralizing gases.
Increases sweating and has expectorant action.
It is advantageous to stomach aches and diarrhea. It stimulates and tones the body and plays a daze.
Fights insomnia and positive influence in neuropathies. It is useful to the organism disorders due to excessive heat. The concentrated decoction of the plant is good laxative. It helps in sore throat and toothache.
In patch (with crushed plant) helps against bee stings. Compresses of leaves is useful for bloating and nausea. Stimulates the uterus and the nervous system.
The plant oil used as a healing external wounds. A few drops of it in the bathroom, stimulates us and rejuvenates the function of genetic glands. Particularly stimulates the thin alloying atoms. Strengthens the leg muscles and nerves. After 5-6 baths difference appears clearly. Two drops of the plant juice ears enhances hearing impairment.
Decoction gargle to act in healing wounds of the throat and mouth.
Prepare as a decoction (not containing and twigs). Drink one to three cups per day.
The flowers and leaves can be prepared as an infusion. Mix one to three teaspoons of dried herb, a cup of boiling water and cover for 10-15 minutes. Strain, the sweetened (honey) and drink to three times daily.