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 (Satureja hortensis) is an aromatic perennial herb. Specific to the Mediterranean climate, the herb originated in Egypt and Arabia. It grows in the form of a bush and it can reach a maximum height of 30 cm. Its stem is ramified and the leaves are very fragrant because of the presence of ethereal oil. It can be cultivated in flower pots, in gardens or in greenhouses but it needs to be exposed to high temperatures. The herb is useful even without being digested, as it scents the garden and keeps mosquitoes away. It is also grown as a decorative herb but most especially as an aromatic herb. As a spice, marjoram is used in tomato soups, sauces, oriental salads, steaks and pies. Both the fresh and dried leaves can be used in foods. Soaked in olive oil, marjoram leaves keep their fragrance for a longer time and, at the same time, the oil can be used for preparing salads. Despite that, it has many less known therapeutic indications as in cases of: blood circulation problems, water retention, muscle spasms, fatigue, insomnia, depressions etc. In this purpose only the higher parts are used: the dried marjoram leaves, flowers and stems. The harvest is done during the blossoming period (July - August).

The health benefits of  marjoram

 marjoram is considered to have the most fragrant essential oil among all herbs, it is widely used in aromatherapy, and also as a warming and soothing message oil to provide relief for muscular ache. Its healing properties include: fighting asthma; headaches; and soothing the stomach and digestive tract. This soothing herbal flavor can be enjoyed as a tea by sprinkling water over a few sprigs of marjoram.

In addition, the leaf of the marjoram has been used to loosen phlegm. It acts as a decongestant and useful in bronchitis, sinusitis and sinus headaches. Used as a tonic for the nervous system, marjoram is believed to be more calming than oregano, as it is used to soothe the nerves, reduce tension and stress; especially environmental. One of the components in marjoram is the flavonoids which have sedation qualities which help to relieve insomnia, tension headaches and migraines.

Promoting healthy digestion and treating simple gastrointestinal disorders, such as loss of appetite, indigestion, nausea and flatulence is another benefit in using marjoram. Much like the herb peppermint, it is said to soothe minor digestive upsets and colic. The flavonoids may also promote healthy arteries and heart by preventing cholesterol buildup and improving blood circulation. It is also thought to help individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

Containing anti-inflammatory properties, marjoram can be used internally or externally. It alleviates aches and pains and when used externally, aids in the reduction of toothaches, muscular pain, bruises, arthritis, sprains and stiff joints. Used internally, it eases severe stomach cramps, spasms and painful menstruation. Marjoram stimulates perspiration, which also helps to rid the body of toxins through the skin. Moreover, this quality helps in the reduction of fevers, and helps to relieve cold and flu symptoms.


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