Derived from a perennial herb is an essential oil known as Winter Savory. This oil is extracted from a plant belonging to the “Moringa Oleifera” species in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is obtained from the leaves of a plant using the process of “steam distillation”. In addition, this oil is pale orange in colour and acrid in aroma. It also comprises of a high percentage of organic compound known as “phenols”.
A. Chemical constituents of Winter Savoury:
This oil is derived from a perennial herb/plant belonging to the “Moringa Oleifera” species in the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil comprises of organic compounds such as oregano, thyme, 30-40% of carvacrol, 20-30% of thymol, cineol, cymene, and pinene.
B. The uses and benefits of the Winter Savoury:
There are a number of benefits that an individual can acquire by using this essential oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:
This oil when used serves as an “antiseptic” by destroying disease causing microorganism, and helps in the treatment of internal and external wounds.
This oil helps in suppressing inflammation and swelling when used, and thereby serves as an anti-inflammatory.
This oil also exhibits an antiviral property, and thereby helps in suppressing the growth of viruses and preventing viral infections.
This oil when used also serves as an “antifungal” by suppressing the growth of fungus, and thereby preventing fungal infections such as ringworms.
This oil when used helps stimulate sexual desire in an individual, and thereby serves as an aphrodisiac.
C. The adverse effects of the Winter Savoury:
There are a couple of adverse effects that may occur on using this oil. They are as follows:
- The use of this oil severely affects pregnancy, and hence pregnant women must avoid using it.
- The oil usage could lead to skin irritation especially in those individuals having sensitive skin.