Botanical Name: (Origanum majorana)
Common Names: Sweet Marjoram, Knotted Marjoram, Pot Marjoram
Marjoram synonyms are: majorana hortensis, moench and majorana.
Family Name: Lamiaceae
TCM Name: Mo Jiao Lan
Meridians: Lung, Spleen
Key Actions: Eliminates Phlegm/Drains Damp/Clears Heat. Moves Blood/Calms Shen. Promotes Digestion/Moves Qi. Relieves Pain. Promotes lactation.
Medicinal Uses: Headaches, colds, runny nose, diabetes, stress, lowers blood pressure, eases menstrual cramps and mood swings, insomnia, poor appetite, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, constipation, arthritis, nerve pain, muscle pain, joint pain.Parts Used: Leaves
Habitat: Marjoram 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 is often treated as an annual (even though it is a perennial) because it is so sensitive to freezing temperatures that can cause death or injury. The plants are often seeded indoors during late winter or early spring and then transplanted. They like full sun and well-drained soil. They are a drought tolerant plant and make a pretty ground covering plant.
Description: Leaves are smooth, simple, petiolated, ovate to oblong-ovate, 0.5–1.5 cm (0.2–0.6 inches) long, 0.2–0.8 cm (0.1–0.3 inches) wide, with obtuse apex, entire margin, symmetrical but tapering base, and reticulate venation. The texture is extremely smooth due to the presence of numerous hairs
Constituents: Sabinene, Alpha-terpinene, Gamma terpinene, Cymene, Terpinolene, Linalool, Sabinene hydrate, Linalyl acetate, Terpineol, Gamma terpineol, Borneal, Camphor, Pinene, Antioxidants, Vitamins A & C, Calcium, Iron.
Taste: Slight Sweet, Pungent, Slightly Bitter
Organs & Systems Affected: Digestion, Lungs, Intestines
Combines Well With: Lavender, Rosemary
Essential Oil Blends: Digestive: Marjoram 6, Juniper 4 & Anise 2
Respiratory: Marjoram 6, Benzoin 3 & Ginger 3
Nervous: Marjoram 6, Rose 3 & Lavender 2
Muscular: Marjoram 7, Rosemary 3 & Lemongrass 2
Key Actions: Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral, Diaphoretic, Relaxant, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antispasmodic, Antifungal, Laxative, Nervine, Vulnerary, Sedating, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Hypotensive, Aphrodisiac, Emmenagogue.
When used regularly, marjoram is a great addition to a healthy diet. Two tablespoons of marjoram is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients. Every two tablespoons of marjoram contains:
- Vitamin A: 6% Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA)
- Calcium: 8% RDA
- Vitamin C: 3.5% RDA
- Iron: 18% RDA
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 diarrhoea
- Relieving constipation
Protection against common illnesses
Marjoram is a great antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agent. As a result, it fights against a variety of common illnesses:
- Food poisoning
- Staph infection
- Tetanous infection in wounds
- Common cold
Improved 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 it 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.
Marjoram is also an anti-inflammatory herb. Taken internally, it is great at relieving a variety of problems caused by inflammation, including:
- Muscle spasms
- Sinus headaches
- Body aches
Applied topically, it also has been known to relieve:
- Painful joints
- Sore muscles
- Back ache
Emotional and Neurological Benefits
With sedative and antidepressant qualities marjoram has a variety of psychological and neurological benefits. It aids in:
- 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
There are a variety of other health benefits as well, such as:
- Reduction of phlegm
- Warding off fungal infections
- Regulating the menstrual cycle in women
- Relieving premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Lessening bruising.
- 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, antidepressive effect.
- Marjoram essential oil: The oil may be rubbed into the skin to relieve cramps, sprains, toothache, or other ailments.
Pregnant and nursing women should not use Marjoram Leaf. Those who are allergic to members of the mint family (thyme, basil, sage, oregano, lavender, hyssop, etc.) should avoid this herb.
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