Latin Name: Satureja montana
Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Extraction: Distillation of the herb
Savoury Winter has a sharp, herbaceous odour and the whole herb is steam distilled to extract the oil. Savoury winter is cleansing, protective and is a good oil for balancing.
It is a bushy perennial subshrub up to 40cm high with woody stems at the base, linear leaves and pale purple flowers. It is occasionally used in perfumery work and sometimes in seasonings. It is native to the Mediterranean region but is now found all over Europe, Turkey and Russia. The oil is mainly produced in Spain, Morocco and Yugoslavia. When compared to the varieties of Thyme, Rosemary and Lavender, recent research has shown that the net superiority of the antimicrobial properties of the essence of savoury.