Marjoram

Marjoram is a small flowering shrub that is a subspecies of oregano, both being members of the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is a native Mediterranean plant, found in Cyprus and Turkey, although it is grown all over the world now since its popularity as a spice has boomed. It has a sweet, mild taste with notes of citrus and pine. This light floral herb is often used in salad dressings and marinades. Fresh or dried, it does not stand up to heat well during cooking and works better in cold cooking applications. It is not only prized for its flavour, but also for its potential health effects.

Benefits

Being a rich source of antioxidants, marjoram is often prescribed for the following:

  1. Supports digestion
  2. Stimulates appetite
  3. Prevents gallstones
  4. Treats gastric ulcers
  5. Promotes heart health
  6. Dilates blood vessels
  7. Lowers blood pressure
  8. Improves cardiovascular health

Due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, inhaling its oil provides protection against the following:

  1. Cough and cold
  2. Headache
  3. Nerve pain
  4. Muscle pain
  5. Diabetes

When taken as a tincture, it is thought to help alleviate the symptoms of asthma by allowing for better, more open breathing. It is a well-known herbal treatment for women’s health issues. It is used for the following

  1. Menstrual cycle support
  2. Treat menopause symptoms
  3. Restores hormone balance
  4. Treats polycystic ovarian syndrome
  5. Reduces androgen levels