What is Marjoram?

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Marjoram or Sweet Marjoram is scientifically named as Origanum Marjorama (formerly Marjorana hortensis) and belongs to Lamiaceae family. It grows wild in the Mediterranean region and is a perennial herb. Marjoram is also known as "wild Marjoram", " joy of the mountains" and "wintersweet".

More than 90% of the world’s supply of Marjoram comes from Egypt and are apparently, one of the oldest known herbs. Marjoram plant grows to a height of about 12 to 18 inches or 30 to 46 cm and are a bit shorter than oregano. The colour of its flowers runs from pink to lavender. Marjoram prefers well-drained soil with bright sun rays, and space to spread. It can easily be grown in the garden and is known to have beneficial effects on other plants. It improves growth and flavour of the plants rising nearby.  Aromatic leaves of Marjoram is cultivated  for culinary purposes. During the flowering season,  tops are cut and  dried to prepare several herb combinations such as  Za'atar and Herbes de Provence. Besides, flowering leaves and tops are distilled for extraction of an essential oil which is rich in borneol, camphor and pinene. 

 

What is the History behind Marjoram? 

Marjoram is native to Greece and has been cultivated all through the Europe for centuries. It was introduced to the rest of the world by the Spanish. 

 

What are the Uses of Marjoram?

  • Marjoram is an important part of the spice mixture used for sausage.
  • Marjoram is used as seasoning for roasted goose with chestnut.
  • In French, Italian and Greek cooking, Marjoram is extensively used in sauces and meat dishes.
  • Marjoram is also used in various body care products, including skin cream, body lotions, bath bars, body wash and shaving gels.
  • Marjoram is sweeter and milder than oregano. Marjoram can be used  as a substitute of oregano. It imparts a milder, sweeter, and a bit earthy flavor to pizzas, spaghetti, sandwiches and burgers.

Marjoram  should be added immediately before serving, as heating  for an extended period reduces its sweet and earthy flavor.

 

What are the nutrients present in Marjoram?

Marjoram contains many important phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimal health and wellness. 

  •  Marjoram are rich in antioxidants derived from its high levels of vitamin C.
  • Marjoram herb has excellent amount of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, and zinc.
  • Sweet Marjoram is one of the richest herbal sources of vitamin K which has potential role in bone mass building.
  • Marjoram herb contains exceptionally high levels of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, lutein, cryptoxanthin and zea-xanthin. Together they play an important role in preventing premature aging and various disease processes.

 

What are the health benefits of Marjoram?

Reportedly Marjoram has many medicinal properties such as antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, and its proven ability to clear the lungs. Since ancient times, Marjoram has been used for numerous natural treatments.

  • Marjoram relieves congestion, dry coughs, toothaches, sinus headaches. 
  • Marjoram aids digestion too.
  • Marjoram has a recognized role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease by restraining neuronal damage in the brain. 
  • Marjoram’s oil soothes sore muscles and sprains. 
  • Marjoram improves blood circulation, relaxes and relieves insomnia.
  • The priceless herb has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Known to relieve the symptoms of asthma, Marjoram is extensively used in herbal medicines for the treatment of bronchial disorders.
  • Marjoram is used as a snakebite antidote.
  • Marjoram is used for healing You do not have access to view this node and conjunctivitis.
  • Concoction of Marjoram is used to treat headache, pre & post menstrual cramps,  and nausea.
  • Tincture of Marjoram is used to relive sharp intestinal pains in infants.

     

 

What are the Side-effects of Marjoram?

Although no harm has been reported so far.  But Marjoram contains two poisonous  chemicals namely  thymol and hydroquinone . An overdose during pregnancy might cause  uterine contractions. One must always  consult  health care practitioner if they experience any unusual symptom like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea while using Marjoram.

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