Summer savory is a member of the mint family that's commonly used in dishes from Eastern Europe and America. Not to be confused with the perennial winter savory, summer savory is an annual plant with smooth leaves and small flowers. This peppery herb's tenure as a natural medicine goes way back. It can treat a range of conditions, including skin complaints, infections, and digestive distress.
Summer savory is an astringent, meaning it shrinks and constricts body tissues. Astringents are common in skin care, as they can help tighten pores and skin. These qualities make then helpful in treating acne and other skin conditions as they help heal wounds, fight bacteria, and balance the pH of the skin. Used too often, astringents can dry the skin, but adding fresh summer savory to a bath or facial steamer lets people gently and safely reap these topical benefits.
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