Marjoram is a perennial plant often used in cooking as an aromatic or as a seasoning. Like peppermint and rosemary, it belongs to the Lamiaceae botanical family. Its scientific name is Origanum majorana. In addition to its use in cooking, it is also used in the treatment of several types of diseases. In addition, it contains a good number of bioactive components. Among the latter, we distinguish essential oil, phenolic acids, flavonoids and terpene derivatives.
Main uses in herbal medicine
Marjoram acts mainly on the digestive system. It stimulates the motor skills of the entire digestive tract and contributes to the progression of the food bolus. It helps to treat cases of slow and difficult digestion. Marjoram also soothes gastric and intestinal cramps and fights against inappetence.
This officinal plant also acts on the the nervous system central. With its anticonvulsant and hypnotic properties, it represents a real ally for people subject to various nervous pathologies. It is particularly effective in case of sleep disorder, depression, anxiety and migraines. It is also useful in cases of hysteria and convulsions.
In addition, at the level of the ENT sphere, it contributes to the proper functioning of all the respiratory tracts. She effectively fights colds, flu, bronchitis as well as spasmodic and inopportune coughs.
Finally, the other therapeutic indications of this plant are:
- High blood pressure
- Rheumatism and arthritis
- Oral conditions: canker sores and dental ailments
- Painful periods
- Sexual obsession
Dosage forms available
The marjoram generally comes in the form of herbal tea, dry extracts, powder, mother tincture, capsule and essential oil.
Instructions for use and recommended dosage
For a cup of infusion, use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dry extracts and add simmering water. Leave to infuse for about fifteen minutes then consume 2 to 3 cups a day.
For an adult, dilute 25 drops of tincture in a little water 3 times a day. For children from 6 to 12 years old, this dose must be divided by 2. Note that the cure must be done in 21 days.
The capsules are to be taken as food supplements. To this end, it is recommended to take it as part of a healthy and varied diet in order to guarantee an optimal result. The daily dosage is 3 to 6 capsules to swallow with a large glass of water.
Essential oil :
I’marjoram essential oil can be used externally, internally, in inhalation or even in atmospheric diffusion. Externally, mix 20% essential oil and 80% vegetable oil for the preparation of a massage oil. Internally, it is eaten with honey or olive oil.
Precautions for use and contraindications
Pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as children under 3 years old should not follow a marjoram treatment. In addition, in high doses, this plant turns out to be toxic.