Benefits And Nutrition Of Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) For Health

Benefits And Nutrition Of Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) For Health


Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana)


Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) is known as other names: Amaracus, Annual Marjoram, Knotted Marjoram, Sweet Marjoram, Greek Oregano, Marjorana Hortensis...

Sweet marjoram (botanical name Origanum majorana) is one of the more delicately flavored cousins of oregano. Sweet marjoram is a soft perennially growing herb that is actually cultivated in the form of an annual in the gardens in the northern hemisphere. This herb is considered to have its origin in North Africa, India and the Middle East and usually grows up to a height of 25 cm to 60 cm (10 inches to 24 inches). Sweet marjoram is an attractive plant with a somewhat luxuriant, expansive habit that makes it a gorgeous hanging plant and is perfect for rock gardens and borders.

Benefits And Nutrition Of Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) For Health
Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) Picture

The stem of this herb is square having a purple hue and several thin boughs. The root of sweet marjoram is also slender and has numerous side branches. The herb produces bunches of delicate white hued or pink blossoms that appear on the spikes at the terminals of the branches during the later part of summer and early fall. Prior to their opening, the buds of the flowers look like knots. Therefore, this herb has earned the common name ‘knotted marjoram'.

Sweet marjoram grows copiously; they are small, spherical, and wooly-haired and have grayish-green leaves that grow opposite to each other. The herb has a sugary, spicy aroma and essence.

Sweet marjoram can be cultivated in pots as well as containers, indoors as well as outdoors. All parts of the herb, excluding the roots, the leaves, soft stems and flowers of sweet marjoram are edible.

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Nutrition Of Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) For Health

Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) contains many notable phyto-nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for optimum health and wellness.

The herb parts contain certain chemical constituents like eugenol sabinene, α -terpinene, cymene, terpinolene, linalool, cis-sabinene hydrate, linalyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol and terpineol. These compounds have been known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Sweet Marjoram herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Sweet marjoram is also one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K.

Sweet Marjoram herb carry good amount of minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc and magnesium. Furthermore, its leaves are an excellent source of iron.

Benefits Of Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) For Health


Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) has a number of therapeutic uses. In conventional folk medicine, this herb was used in the form of a therapy for headache, toothache, indigestion, asthma, rheumatism, flatulence, earache, epilepsy as well as to provide relief from the labor pain. 

The oil extracted from sweet marjoram was used in the form of a cream for healing bruises, sprains and also to induce sweating among people suffering from measles.

Benefits And Nutrition Of Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) For Health
Sweet Marjoram (Origanum Majorana) 

Sweet marjoram is also valued therapeutically owing to its antispasmodic and stimulant properties. Sweet marjoram is an excellent common tonic that is used to cure several different problems related to the digestive as well as the respiratory tracts.

Sweet marjoram is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.

Sweet marjoram herb contains exceptionally high levels of  vitamin A that play a role in aging, and various disease processes. It has proven beneficial action against age-related macular disease (ARMD), especially in the elderly.

Compared to oregano (botanical name Origanum vulgare), sweet marjoram has a more potent effect on the nervous system and it is also considered to lessen libido or sex drive.

Sweet marjoram has the aptitude to induce menstruation, this herb should never be used medicinally by women during pregnancy. However, they may use small amounts of the herb in culinary, as it has been found safe for such use. 

Sweet marjoram possesses antiseptic, chologogue, carminative, diuretic, diaphoretic (a medicine that induces perspiration), emmenagogue (a medicine that promotes menstruation), stimulant, stomachic (any medication that is good for the digestive tract), expectorant and gentle tonic properties.