Origanum majorana L.
Marjoram is mentioned by Hippocrates as an antiseptic and also registered by Dioskouridis in his book “On the Matter of Medicine”. For the Romans marjoram was known as the herb of happiness, while it was believed to increase longevity. Over the years, it has been used in traditional medicine to aid the treatment of various diseases, such as digestive problems, infections, gynecological diseases etc.
An aromatic plant with multiple health benefits
The flowering stems of marjoram prevail in various proven pharmacological activities. Their ingredients include essential oils, flavonoids, tannins, sterols, vitamin C, thus bestowing marjoram with antioxidants, antibacterials, hepatoprotectants, cardioprotectants, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.
A herb that caters for our gastrointestinal system
In herbal medicine, marjoram is mainly used for various gastrointestinal disorders and also as an aid to enhance digestion. New research has shown that it stimulates the secretion of acid and pepsin, has anti-ulcer actions as well as protective action against gastric mucosa injury.
EMA recommends marjoram in order to relieve the symptoms of gastrointestinal spasms, bloating and flatulence.