Marjoram: what are its benefits and how to use it?

Where is it found?

This aromatic plant from the labiate family, like lavender and sage, grows in the Mediterranean basin. Perennial plant 40 to 50 cm high, it is adorned with pretty purplish pink flowers. A cousin of oregano (it is also called garden oregano), it gives off sweet and spicy scents.

How does marjoram work?

These are his flowering tops which have health properties. They are rich in phenolic compounds, phenol acids and flavonoids, contain rosmarinic acid with antioxidant properties, and triterpene acids, which protect the cardiovascular system. They also contain an essential oil which participates in the soothing properties of this plant.

The benefits of marjoram

It is known for its calming properties. “It is a balancing plant for the vegetative nervous system”, explains Dr Jean-Michel Morel. It has many benefits:

  • Slightly antidepressant, this plant can also help you fall asleep
  • It calms digestive disorders, spasms, colonopathic disorders, chest problems related to stress
  • It is particularly indicated in the event of burn-out, nervous fatigue or spasmophilia.
  • Rich in antioxidants, it acts in the prevention of cardiovascular problems.
  • It would also have aphrodisiac virtues.
  • In aromatherapy, its essential oil (under the name “shell marjoram”) stimulates the immune system. It is a basic preventive treatment for infectious problems such as sinusitis, bronchitis.

How to use it ?

  • In herbal tea. Put a teaspoon in boiling water, turn off the boil and cover with a curved lid so as not to lose the precious droplets concentrated in assets. Let steep for 10 to 15 minutes then filter.
  • In mother tincture. 50 drops for an adult, 2 to 3 times a day.
  • In essential oil. By air diffusion, or orally, one to three drops per day, one drop in a spoonful of honey, to be immersed in a herbal tea or to put in a syrup. The essential oil is contraindicated in pregnant women and children under 6 years old. On the skin, it can be irritating.
  • The fresh marjoram flower can replace oregano in pizzas.

Our natural recipes

  • In case of digestive spasms, due to an anxious temperament: 2 tablespoons in half a liter of water. Cover, filter, put in a Thermos and drink 3 to 4 times a day, away from meals.
  • In case of repetitive sinusitis. Take a drop of essential oil of marjoram and a drop of essential oil of niaouli in a spoonful of honey immersed in a herbal tea, three times a day without meals. Take 10 to 20 day cures.

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