A perennial herb that has its origins in the Mediterranean, marjoram is cultivated all over the world now for the many benefits to health that it has. It is very commonly used as a straight substitute for oregano in the kitchen, however, its texture is much finer and it also has a much milder taste.
The two herbs are so similar in the fact that marjoram is sometimes referred to by the name sweet marjoram, taking into consideration the fact that many people know oregano as wild marjoram. Confusing stuff! Ignoring the potential for confusion between the two ingredients, marjoram has a pretty potent personality that is worth exploring due to its medicinal versatility.
Concentrated supplements can be made from marjoram, just as an essential oil can be produced for use in a range of medicinal applications. Marjoram is also found in many cosmetic products such as soap or skin creams.
1. Digestive Health
Marjoram is such a wonderfully versatile herb but perhaps its most potent health benefit is found with its ability to promote healthy digestive function. As well as directly helping with general digestion, marjoram can indirectly have a positive effect on many varied problems within the digestive tract.
The scent alone of marjoram has been known to cause such stimulation of the salivary glands, that the digestive process is kick-started from the word go and right from the mouth down. It is the oil that is present in the herb that stimulates the movement of the digestive tract.
Certain problems such as gas, bloating and indigestion can be relieved with just a few cups of marjoram tea. Putting fresh herbs in a meal can also make a difference in the digestive system. The inclusion of marjoram as a supplement in the diet can also encourage regular and comfortable bowel movements.