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Top Five Health Benefits of Marjoram

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The marjoram plant (Origanum majorana) is an aromatic herb known for its aromatherapeutic and culinary uses
  • Marjoram can be used in cooking, or in aromatherapy in its essential oil form. Depending on how it’s used, marjoram is known to provide a variety of health benefits
  • The herb has a long history of use in folklore medicine for gastrointestinal, ocular, nasopharyngeal, respiratory, cardiac, rheumatologic and neurological disorders
  • Pharmacological activities include antioxidant, hepatoprotective, cardioprotective, antiplatelet, gastroprotective, antibacterial and antifungal, antiprotozoal, antiatherosclerosis, anti-inflammatory, antimetastatic, antitumor, antiulcer and anticholinesterase inhibitory activities
  • Marjoram is closely related to and often confused with oregano, and the two plants will cross-pollinate if grown close together, making proper identification near-impossible

Sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana) is an aromatic herb native to the Mediterranean region known for its aromatherapeutic and culinary uses. Its botanical name means "joy of the mountain" in Greek, and was used to make wedding wreaths, as Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was believed to wear wreaths made with marjoram.

Marjoram is classified as a perennial, and can grow as high as 2 feet tall, and sometimes a little bit higher. It has woody square stems, an upright appearance and opposing pairs of leaves. It's closely related to (and often confused with) oregano, because of their similarity in appearance.


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