Marjoram

Marjoram

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is an aromatic herb in the Mint family, which originated in Egypt and Arabia. It is also widely referred to as Oregano. Today, it is commonly found in the Mediterranean region or grown in gardens around the World.

Marjoram Nutritional Information

When used regularly, Marjoram is a great addition to a healthy diet. Two tablespoons of Marjoram are packed with antioxidants, Vitamins and other nutrients.

Every two tablespoons of Marjoram contains:

Health Benefits of Marjoram

Whether used as an essential oil, powder, fresh leaves, or dried leaves, marjoram has many uses with numerous health benefits.

Digestive Benefits of Marjoram

To enhance the digestive system’s performance, 2-4 cups of marjoram tea may be ingested in 2 hours.

Drinking the tea will help digestion by:

  • Increasing the efficiency of digestion by increasing digestive enzymes and saliva
  • Calming the stomach and digestive system.
  • Improving appetite
  • Relieving nausea
  • Eliminating flatulence
  • Curing or preventing basic intestinal infections
  • Soothing painful stomach cramps or spasms
  • Relieving diarrhea
  • Relieving constipation

Marjoram Protects Against Common Illnesses

Marjoram is a great antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral agent.

As a result, it fights against a variety of common illnesses, including:

  • Food poisoning
  • Staph infection
  • Tetanus infection in wounds
  • Typhoid
  • Malaria
  • Influenza
  • Common cold
  • Mumps
  • Measles

Marjoram Improves Cardiovascular Health

Another benefit of Marjoram is the enhancement of the cardiovascular and circulatory system. It helps by eliminating common risks associated with cardiovascular disease.

Some ways Marjoram helps include:

  • Lowering the blood pressure, greatly reducing the risk of hypertension and resultant heart problems.
  • Greatly preventing the buildup of cholesterol, reducing risk of hardened arteries
  • Aiding in improved blood circulation by dilating the arteries as necessary.

Studies show that lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels are linked to a reduced rate of heart disease and heart attack.

Anti-inflammatory Effects of Marjoram

Marjoram is an anti-inflammatory herb. Taken internally, it is great at relieving a variety of problems caused by inflammation, including:

  • Asthma
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sinus headaches
  • Migraines
  • Fever
  • Body aches

Topical Application of Marjoram

Applied topically, Marjoram has been known to relieve:

  • Painful joints
  • Sore muscles
  • Sprains
  • Backache
  • Toothaches

Marjoram Emotional and Neurological Benefits

With sedative and antidepressant qualities, Marjoram has a variety of psychological and neurological benefits.

Marjoram can help with:

  • Relieving insomnia
  • Reducing stress
  • Calming anxiety
  • Minimizing emotional reactions
  • Increasing control of sexual desire

When taken in larger doses, it even exhibits mild antidepressant qualities.

Other Health Benefits of Marjoram

Marjoram has a variety of other health benefits, including:

  • Reduction of phlegm
  • Warding off fungal infections
  • Regulating the menstrual cycle in women
  • Relieving premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Lessening bruising

How To Use Marjoram

In its varied forms of: marjoram essential oil, fresh or dried marjoram leaves or marjoram powder (ground up marjoram), Marjoram has many uses. As a culinary additive, it is commonly used to flavor soups, sauces, salads and meat dishes. Cosmetically, marjoram is used in skin cream, body lotion, shaving gel and bath soaps. Here are a few tips for using Marjoram:

  • Marjoram Tea: Grind marjoram leaves into a paste and add hot water or tea. Use one teaspoon of ground marjoram per 7 ounces of water. Boil the mixture for 15 minutes. Drink two to four cups of this tea over the span of two hours for digestive benefits.
  • Stronger Marjoram tea: Add two teaspoons of Marjoram to a cup of 7 ounces of cold water. Let it soak for 24 hours and add honey to it. An even stronger tea may be made by adding 6 teaspoons Marjoram to 7 ounces of water. It has a calming, antidepressant effect.
  • Marjoram essential oil: The oil may be rubbed into the skin to relieve cramps, sprains, toothache and other ailments.

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Marjoram Herb Notes / Side Effects

Marjoram is generally considered safe for most people when used in amounts typically found in food. However, there are a few potential side effects and considerations to be aware of:

Allergic Reactions: Some individuals may be allergic to marjoram or other plants in the Lamiaceae family, such as mint, basil, or oregano. Allergic reactions may include skin irritation, itching, or respiratory symptoms like sneezing or congestion.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: While marjoram is commonly used as a culinary herb, there is insufficient reliable information available about its safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Therefore, it’s best to avoid medicinal doses of marjoram during these times to err on the side of caution.

Medication Interactions: Marjoram may interact with certain medications, particularly anticoagulants (blood thinners) like warfarin. It contains compounds that may have mild blood-thinning effects, so individuals taking anticoagulant medications should consult their healthcare provider before using marjoram supplements or extracts.

Sedative Effects: Marjoram is sometimes used as a mild sedative or sleep aid due to its calming properties. While this can be beneficial for promoting relaxation, excessive consumption of marjoram or marjoram supplements may cause drowsiness or fatigue in some individuals, especially when combined with other sedative substances.

Gastrointestinal Upset: In rare cases, consuming large amounts of marjoram or concentrated marjoram supplements may lead to gastrointestinal discomfort, including stomach upset, nausea, or diarrhea. This is more likely to occur with high doses or in individuals with sensitive digestive systems.

As with any herbal supplement or remedy, it’s essential to use marjoram in moderation and consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have any underlying health conditions, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are taking medications. If you experience any adverse reactions or discomfort after using marjoram, discontinue use and seek medical advice.

Latin Name

Origanum majorana

Common Names

Oregano, Majorana hortensis, Moench