Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is a distinct perennial plant that belongs to the Lamiaceae family and comes with an extremely impressive nutrient profile, which offers a plethora of health incentives. It is known as knotted marjoram or sweet marjoram that belongs to the same genius as oregano and has been widely cultivated in India, the Mediterranean regions, North Africa, and Western Asia for ages. It has a mild flavour and is used as a key ingredient in French, Italian and Greek cuisine. It serves as a flavouring agent and garnishing add on to salads, soups, stews, and other gravies. It is especially strong when dried but can also be used fresh. The essential oil obtained from marjoram confers several culinary and medicinal benefits and it is also used in manufacturing soaps.
The many health benefits of marjoram essential oil are credited to its strong anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, analgesic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, and antiviral activities. It also acts as a natural carminative, cephalic, digestive and diuretic that is beneficial in treating several health conditions such as digestive problems, infections, chest congestion and painful menstrual cycle.
What is Marjoram Essential Oil?
Marjoram essential oil is extracted from both fresh and dried leaves of the plant by the steam distillation process. The key active components of marjoram oil include sabinene, alpha-terpinene, gamma-terpinene, cymene, terpinolene, linalool, sabinene hydrate, linalyl acetate, terpineol, and gamma terpineol. The essential oil is used topically and in aromatherapy for its soothing properties. It has a positive impact on the nervous system. While the aroma of marjoram oil is warm and woody that supports creating a calming atmosphere.
Health Benefitting Properties Of Marjoram Essential Oil
The richness of carvacrol in marjoram is known to have antioxidant effects that help prevent detrimental free radicals from damaging healthy cells.
The antimicrobial property of marjoram essential oil is beneficial in healing fungal infections and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut.
It works as a natural digestive stimulant and lowers the risk of stomach ulcers, constipation, indigestion, flatulence, and other foodborne illness.
The diuretic activity of marjoram oil supports eliminating toxins and waste from the kidneys and maintain electrolyte balance.
The analgesic properties of marjoram oil offer relief from symptoms associated with PMS such as headache, abdominal cramps, and mood swings.
Natural expectorant trait is effective in providing relief from nasal congestion and combats common cold, cough and viral infections
The sedative effect of this aromatic herb has a relaxing and soothing effect on both mind and body and lessens stress and anxiety.
Try using this incredible essential oil in your daily regimen and reap its incentives.