Posted by: godshealingplants | March 3, 2018

MARJORAM BENEFITS

HISTORY

Marjoram is indigenous to Cyprus and southern Turkey, and was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness. Throughout the middle ages it was worn by bridal couples to signify love, honor, and happiness.

Today, it is commonly found in the Mediterranean region or grown in gardens around the world. In its varied forms of: marjoram essential oil, fresh or dried marjoram leaves, or marjoram powder it has many uses. As a culinary additive, it is commonly used to flavor soups, sauces, salads, and meat dishes. Cosmetically, marjoram is used in skin cream, body lotion, shaving gel, and bath soaps. Whether used as an essential oil, powder, fresh leaves, or dried leaves, marjoram has many uses with numerous health benefits.

ABOUT

The marjoram plant is an herbaceous perennial that is a member of the Lamiaceae family.

This plant can grow to be one to two feet in height and can spread an equal distance. It has fragrant, ovate leaves that are gray-green in color, and produces small tubular flowers that are white or pink and bloom in clusters.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

When used regularly, marjoram is a great addition to a healthy diet. Marjoram is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals such as A, C, Calcium, iron and other nutrients.

HEALTH BENEFITS

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECT – Taken internally, it is great at relieving a variety of problems caused by inflammation, including:

  • Asthma
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sinus headaches
  • Migraines
  • Fever
  • Body aches

DIGESTION – To enhance the digestive system’s performance, 2-4 cups of marjoram tea may be ingested in 2 hours. Drinking the tea will help digestion by:

  • Increasing the efficiency of digestion by increasing digestive enzymes and saliva
  • Calming the stomach and digestive system.
  • Improving appetite
  • Relieving nausea
  • Eliminating flatulence
  • Curing or preventing basic intestinal infections
  • Soothing painful stomach cramps or spasms
  • Relieving diarrhea
  • Relieving constipation

EMOTIONAL AND NEUROLOGICAL BENEFITS – When taken in larger doses, it even exhibits mild antidepressant qualities such as:

  • Relieving insomnia
  • Reducing stress
  • Calming anxiety

IMPROVES CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH – Another benefit of marjoram is the enhancement of the cardiovascular and circulatory system. It helps by eliminating common risks associated with cardiovascular disease. Some ways it helps include:

  • Lowering the blood pressure, greatly reducing the risk of hypertension and resultant heart problems.
  • Greatly preventing the buildup of cholesterol, reducing risk of hardened arteries
  • Aiding in improved blood circulation by dilating the arteries as necessary.

Studies show that lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels are linked to a reduced rate of heart disease and heart attack.

PROTECTS AGAINST COMMON ILLNESSES – Marjoram is a great antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral agent. As a result, it fights against a variety of common illnesses:

  • Food poisoning
  • Staph infection
  • Tetanus infection in wounds
  • Typhoid
  • Malaria
  • Influenza
  • Common cold
  • Mumps
  • Measles

TOPICAL APPLICATIONS – Applied topically in the form of essential oil, it also has been known to relieve:

  • Painful joints
  • Sore muscles
  • Sprains
  • Back ache
  • Toothaches 

OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS – There are a variety of other health benefits as well, such as:

  • Reduction of phlegm
  • Warding off fungal infections
  • Regulating the menstrual cycle in women
  • Relieving premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Lessening bruising.

HOW TO BUY AND STORE

Marjoram can be bought from your local supermarket either fresh or dried. Unlike many herbs, marjoram and oregano dry really well, better than practically every other herb. Therefore, if buying dried marjoram, much of the original flavor is retained.

 

In saying this, however, it is always better to use fresh herbs if possible in cooking. When choosing fresh marjoram, try to look for a fresh and healthy-looking herb, without any discoloration or blemishes.

Store fresh marjoram in the refrigerator: First wrap it in a damp paper towel and then loosely wrap that bundle in plastic wrap or tuck it inside of an airtight container. If possible, store your fresh marjoram in the lower part of the fridge, where it will keep for many days.

If you follow the proper care, fresh herbs can last for up to three weeks. When the herbs start to turn dark, brittle or the stems show signs of mold; it’s time to toss them.

HOW TO PREPARE

When you’re ready to cook with your fresh marjoram you will need to first wash the leaves thoroughly if you have not already done so before storing them.

Then, separate the leaves from the stems and you are ready to chop the leaves and proceed with preparing your dish.

HOW TO ENJOY

Use marjoram leaves to make a hot tea for digestive benefits.

Sprinkle chopped marjoram over your favorite pizza.

 

Add marjoram to your favorite Pesto Sauce

Sprinkle it over glazed carrots

 

Veggie pasta needs marjoram as a finishing touch to add a special flavor

 

Roast egg plant and finish it by sprinkling marjoram over it

 It is important to note, that marjoram does not withstand the cooking process well and its flavor and aroma are destroyed by high temperatures and long cooking times. Therefore, it is almost always added at the end of the cooking process or just before serving.

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