Winter Savory (Satureja montana) is a medicinal plant traditionally used to treat various ailments including male & female sexual dysfunction.
In a study from the Università degli Studi di Modena, the effect of Satureja montana hydroalcoholic extract on cooperative behavior in sexually potent male rats was evaluated.
The extract was administered orally repeatedly for 8 consecutive days, in doses of 25 and 50 mg/kg. The main parameters of sexual behavior, mount (ML), intromission (IL), ejaculation (EL) latencies and post-ejaculatory interval (PEI), were evaluated in animals with mating tests and multiple ejaculation tests.
Serum levels of testosterone were measured in rats treated with Satureja montana extract at the dose of 50 mg/kg. The open field test was also carried out to evaluate movement behaviour. When both doses of Satureja montana extract were administered, the extract was able to significantly increase latencies (EL) and decrease intromission frequency (IF) compared to controls.
The significant increase in latencies (EL) was also found when the extract was administered less intensively daily for 8 consecutive days, at doses of 25 mg/kg. In the multiple release test, the latency (EL) values of treated rats were significantly increased during the first and second sequences compared to controls; moreover could only rats treated with the extract reach the 4th ejaculation within 30 min.
Measured testosterone level in rats receiving intensive treatment of Montana stories (from 50 mg/kg) increased significantly compared to the control population. Finally, the locomotor activity recorded in the open field test was not affected by the intensive administration of the plant extract.
These data suggest that Montana stories could be considered as a natural remedy for the treatment of premature ejaculation that delays ejaculation latency without exerting any negative effect on other parameters of sexual behavior and without exerting a sedative effect.
In addition, increasing the serum level of testosterone confirms the positive effect of Montana stories on male sexual function.
Studies on female rats and estrogen levels have unfortunately not been done, however Winter connoisseurl long also used by women.
Other studies demonstrates the Winter Savory 's strong antioxidant properties. The highest capacity was obtained with the hot water extract of Vinterkyndel, and its essential oil revealed a high phenolic content. The findings indicate that the bioactive extracts of Vinterkyndel have great potential to be used as a natural anti-microbial agent and antioxidant.
Vinterkyndel has a mild and good taste with very little bitterness.
Manuela Zavatti (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)Read the full research article here