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Condiment; Leaves; Tea.
Leaves - raw or cooked[2, 52]. Sweet marjoram is widely used as a flavouring for salad dressings, vegetables, legumes and oils. It has a more delicate flavour than the closely related oregano (Origanum vulgare), and is best when used fresh and only added towards the end of cooking.
The aromatic seeds are used as a flavouring in sweets, drinks etc.
A herb tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves. The flavour resembles a blend of thyme, rosemary and sage.
Antiseptic; Antispasmodic; Aromatherapy; Carminative; Cholagogue; Diaphoretic; Emmenagogue; Expectorant; Stimulant; Stomachic; Tonic.
Sweet marjoram is mainly used as a culinary herb, but is also medicinally valuable due to its stimulant and antispasmodic properties. It is a good general tonic, treating various disorders of the digestive and respiratory systems. It has a stronger affect on the nervous system than the related oregano (O. vulgare) and is also thought to lower the sex drive. Because it can promote menstruation, it should not be used medicinally by pregnant women though small quantities used for culinary purposes are safe.
The herb is antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and mildly tonic. It is taken internally in the treatment of bronchial complaints, tension headaches, insomnia, anxiety, minor digestive upsets and painful menstruation. It should not be prescribed for pregnant women. Externally, it is used to treat muscular pain, bronchial complaints, arthritis, sprains and stiff joints. The plant is harvested as flowering begins and can be used fresh or dried.
Marjoram is often used medicinally in the form of the essential oil, about 400 grams being obtained from 70 kilos of the fresh herb. The oil is used as an external application for sprains, bruises etc.
The essential oil is used in aromatherapy. Its keyword is 'Muscle relaxant'.
Modern uses – It is used to promote menstrual flow, and is diaphoretic, carminative and expectorant. In herbal medicine, wild marjoram is more commonly used, but in aromatherapy, the oil is used to relax tense muscles, relieve spasms, muscle aches and arthritis.
In horses, the oil is used to relieve tired aching muscles and for arthritis, often in combination with other essential oils. It can also be used as a poultice in sprains.
The taste is warm, aromatic, slightly sharp and bitterish. It is mildly antiseptic, and is added to herbal bath mixtures.