Marjoram Health Benefits, Nutrition and Herb Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Marjoram Herb

  • Promoting good digestion and healing mild gastrointestinal problems, like lack of appetite, indigestion, flatulence and nausea is among the health advantages of consuming marjoram. Like peppermint, it is known to soothe mild colic and digestive upsets.
  • The antioxidant flavonoids contained in marjoram can also promote strong heart and arteries by protecting against build-up of cholesterol and boosting circulation of blood. It is also believed to help people who have Alzheimer's disease.
  • Furthermore, marjoram leaves are used to reduce phlegm. It behaves like a decongestant and very helpful for those with bronchitis and sinusitis.
  • As a tonic to strengthen the nervous system, the herb is perceived as more soothing than oregano. It contains flavonoids that have sedation properties to help cure insomnia, tension and migraines.
  • Marjoram helps reduce serious stomach cramps, muscle spasms and also menstrual pain.
  • It promotes sweat, which helps your body to get rid of toxins through your skin. This property helps to relieve fevers, cold and flu. 

Other Health Properties of Marjoram

  • As marjoram has the most aromatic volatile oil among all types of herbs, it is popular for aromatherapy, and is used as a warming massage oil to help reduce muscular pain. The healing properties of the oil include treating asthma and headaches, and also calming the stomach and digestive system.
  • Marjoram herb relieves pains and aches and if used externally, is helpful to treat toothaches, bruises, muscular pain, sprains, arthritis and stiff joints. 

Facts about Marjoram

Fresh Marjoram Herb Leaves

Marjoram (scientific name Origanum marjorana), also known as sweet marjoram, is a perennial plant that belongs to the mint family (similar to basil, catnip, oregano, rosemary, and sage), which can be found commonly in the Mediterranean; with about 90% of the source across the world originating from Egypt. Sometimes, the names Marjorana and Origanum are used interchangeably. Marjoram is also known as wild marjoram, wintersweet and joy of the mountains.

For some reasons, there is much confusion in differentiating oregano from marjoram. However, they are from the similar genus, Origanum; only the species are different. Also, they are sometimes called by multiple names:

  • Marjoram is also known as pot marjoram.
  • Greek oregano is named not just wild marjoram, but sometimes also Spanish thyme.
  • O. heracleoticum is occasionally called winter marjoram.
  • Cretan oregano is also referred to as French marjoram or pot marjoram. 

Marjoram Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutrition Information of 1 g Dried Marjoram
Calories 4 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 0 g


Marjoram Recipe

Orange and Marjoram Iced Tea Smoothie

Make: 4 glasses

1 cup marjoram iced tea
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
1 6-oz can orange juice concentrate, frozen
12 ice cubes
1/4 cup mint tea simple syrup

Mix marjoram iced tea, vanilla, milk, orange concentrate, milk, and ice in an electric mixer and blend until the mixture turns smooth.
While blending, pour over the mint simple syrup bit by bit. Pause once in a while to taste for the level of sweetness until satisfied. Serve chilled. 

Marjoram Side Effects

Marjoram is usually safe when taken in food amounts. It should also be safe for normal adults when consumed in recommended medicinal amounts for short term. Avoid contacting fresh marjoram with body skin. It may cause skin and eye swelling.

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