Savory was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans, and later imported to Europe. The American colonists brought both winter and summer savory to North America, and both are mentioned by the seventeenth-century botanist, John Josselyn. Savory was planted around beehives to flavor the honey.
The genus Satureja
is named for the satyrs, ancient Greek mythical demigods of the forest who where known for their lusty habits and half-man/half goat shape. Legends held that the satyrs wore crowns of savory, and the herb was once held to be an aphrodisiac.
Mercury claims dominion over this herb, neither is there a better remedy against the colic and iliac passion, than this herb; keep it dry by you all the year, if you love yourself and your ease, and it is a hundred pounds to a penny if you do not.
Nicholas Culpeper, 1653