Sweet Marjoram is better known today as an aromatic herb than medicinal plant. However, this plant is also used for medicinal purposes for a very long time.
It has been used since ancient times for its vulnerary, vasodilator, stomachic, sedative, nervine, laxative, hypotensive, fungicidal, expectorant, emmenagogue, diuretic, digestive, diaphoretic, cordial, cephalic, carminative, bactericidal, antiviral, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic and analgesic properties.
It was believed in ancient times that Sweet Marjoram can be used as a good luck talisman for happiness, love and fertility. Supporting this belief, the essential oil of this herb does indeed calm nerves and provides a quick emotional boost.
Primarily used as treatment for anxiety and frayed nerves, the herb is also effective to promote healthy sleep and emotional upliftment. It is also effective in managing diabetes as it contains a number of DPP-IV inhibitor flavonoids.
Externally, it is used for treating sprains, bruises, and as emmanagogue. In powder form, Sweet Marjoram is an ingredient of the “sneezing powders”. It also works good for insomnia caused by stress.
Marjoram really shines in the kitchen. Dried, the herb holds that lovely fragrance and its flavor much better than other herbs do when dried. Marjoram combines well with other seasonings and will enhance so many different dishes.
Hippocrates included marjoram in the many medical treatises he wrote and it was cultivated in the Roman Empire.
Symbolizing happiness, when marjoram is found growing on a grave, it is said that the departed will enjoy a pleasant afterlife.
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