Marjoram Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Early Greeks believed marjoram was cultivated by Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. The herb is still added to love potions and placed in hope chests or under a woman's pillow to ensure a happy marriage. The Food and Drug Administration regards marjoram as generally safe.
Marjoram is native to Europe and grows wild on dry sunny slopes, hedge banks, roadsides and in grassland, usually on lime-rich soils. It is locally common in England and Wales but rarer farther north. It is also cultivated commercially in many countries but most supplies are still collected from the wild in the Mediterranean region.
Marjoram can be grown as a houseplant while still small. Place it in a sunny window. After your have enjoyed it all winter, plant it outdoors after all danger of frost. If you have limited space, try this herb in a container on your patio or deck.
Common doses of marjoram
Marjoram comes as dried or powdered leaves and a tea. Some experts recommend the following doses:
Uses of marjoram herb
Marjoram is a favourite kitchen herb, especially in Italy where it is used to flavour pizzas and spaghetti dishes. It has a stronger taste than Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana).
Side effects of marjoram
Call your health care practitioner if you experience unusual symptoms when using marjoram.
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking.
Important points to remember
What the research shows
Marjoram extracts help ease spasms, which may account for their use in treating nausea, sharp intestinal pains, and menstrual cramps. The herb is considered a safe food additive, so consuming moderate amounts in food or tea probably won't cause harm and may even relieve nausea, sharp intestinal pains, and cramps.
In the test tube, certain marjoram components (thymol and carvacrol) help fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi. However, their concentrations vary widely, making them unreliable for treating infections. As a toothache remedy, marjoram's effects may come from thymol's ability to combat oral bacteria. Still, medical experts recommend conventional drugs instead to treat suspected oral infections.
Little evidence supports marjoram's other therapeutic claims. Experts caution people to restrict marjoram to oral intake or topical use on the skin. They warn against applying it to open wounds, rashes, or the eye.
Other names for marjoram : -
Other names for marjoram include common marjoram, knotted matjoram, oleum majoranae (oil), oregano, sweet marjoram, and wild marjoram.
Products containing marjoram are sold under such names as Marjoram and Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil.
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