Most people think of marjoram as a seasoning herb, but this tasty shrub is also packed with health benefits. The herb is most often used in essential oil or tea form, but can also be found in capsules. This useful herb has been around for centuries and originated in Arabia.
Today, it is cultivated in kitchen and medicinal gardens around the world and is still being used for its many benefits. Just the aroma of the growing plant helps keep mosquitoes away from the area and it has many more uses once harvested. The leaves and flowers are the most useful part, though some remedies may include the seeds, from which the essential oil is extracted.
A very strong tea can be used to soothe itchy skin by soaking a cloth in it and laying it on the affected area. However, most people use the tea for internal use. It is particularly good in treating the symptoms of colds and keeping the flu at bay. Since the tea causes you to sweat, it can be very good for sweating out a cold and also boosts the immune system.
For both children and adults, marjoram tea is helpful in reducing gas and colics. It prevents more gas from occurring and helps the existing gas exit with minimal intestinal pain. As gas can cause a number of other symptoms, like stomachaches and nausea, this is a handy treatment to keep around.
Marjorm oil makes a great massage oil as well as bath oil. In oil form, marjoram is extremely potent. Since the oil can be used both externally and internally, it is useful for a number of treatments.
It can be used as an antiseptic on cuts and scrapes. In fact, many people who make their own creams or lotions for injuries will include this useful herb. It also has antibacterial properties and is often used to treat minor issues such as colic and food poisoning, as well as intestinal issues and even minor urinary tract infections.
The oil is also helpful in reducing pain in aching muscles, headaches (and migraines) and even toothaches. While the oil is an analgesic, it also helps dilate the blood vessels, increasing blood flow throughout the body. This can help reduce headaches and allows the body to heal overworked muscles faster.
Some people have also found it is excellent for aiding digestion, both because it gets rid of gas and because it stimulates the intestines, helping things to get moving. Since the herb also increases appetite, it can serve two purposes at once, enhancing both appetite and digestion.
Marjoram can cause uterine contractions, so women who are pregnant should stay away from it. It’s also a diuretic, so be sure to drink plenty of water when using this herb in any type of treatment to stay hydrated.
The humble marjoram shrub may look simple, but it is very useful in so many ways. From treating colds and other viral diseases to keeping cuts infection free and easing aching muscles, this is one herb that should be in everyone’s cabinet.