Marjoram and its Health Benefits

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is a very aromatic herb belonging to the mint family. It is also referred to as oregano. It can be found in plenty of forms like: marjoram essential oil, dried or fresh leaves or even powder. As a culinary aid, it is widely used to flavor soups, sauces, salads etc. Cosmetically, marjoram is used in skin creams, shaving gels, and bath soaps. Marjoram is a perennial shrub with pine and citrus flavors. This herb is harvested for its aromatic leaves. Also called the wild marjoram, it grows up to 80 centimeters high and has small purple flowers. Whether used as an a powder or dried leaves, marjoram has numerous health benefits.

Marjoram

Marjoram- Nutritional Content

If used on a daily basis, this herb can do wonders for your diet. Just 2 tablespoons of marjoram contains antioxidants, vitamin A, calcium which is needed for strong teeth and bones, iron for strong immune system and beta carotene which is crucial for preventing cancer and other cardio-vascular disorders.

Health Benefits

 Digestive

You will need 2-4 cups of marjoram tea if you’re looking to improve your digestive system. Drinking a hot cup of tea will help calm the stomach, eliminate any flatulence, cure any basic intestinal infections, relieve constipation and improve your appetite.

Great for cardiacs

The flavonoids are good for cardiacs. The herb boosts healthy arteries and by promoting blood circulation and preventing any cholesterol buildup. Taking this herb will help you eliminate common risks associated with cardiovascular disease. It also improves blood circulation because it dilates the arteries and reduces the risk of them hardening.

Reduces stress&anxiety

Marjoram has a calming effect on the nervous system. It calm stress due to its high content of flavonoid, a property which is well known to have a calming and soothing effect. Marjoram also cures migraines and headaches.

 Anti-inflammatory

It is known that if taken internally, this herb can relieve lots of issues caused by inflammation. This includes: muscle spasms, body aches, sinus inflammation and fever. Applied topically it can also work on sore joints, sore muscles and back aches.

Great for bronchitis

It loosen the phlegm and helps you get rid of sinusitis and bronchitis.

Culinary Use

Marjoram is known as a culinary herb and is used to season lots of dishes. Make sure you end the marjoram leaves at the end of the cooking process, because if added to soon they can loose flavor. You can use this herb in pasta, fish, salads sauces, sausages and even mixed with some veggies like: tomatoes, beet or beans.

Caution:

This herb is not recommend during breastfeeding periods or during pregnancy.

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