Sweet Marjoram

Latin Name

Origanum majorana

Family

Lamiaceae

Chemotype

Terpinene-4-ol

Distilled Component

Herb top flowering

Traditionally Known Properties

Potent tonic for the parasympathetic system: hypotensive, vasodilating, anaphrodisiac, sedative, powerful relaxing action on the central nervous system. Regulates the nervous system; antiasthenic, neurotonic. Powerful antifungal and antibacterial. Antispasmodic. Anti-inflammatory and percutaneous analgesic. Stimulates the gastro-intestinal tract, regulates appetite.

Precautions

Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Anecdote

Already known and used in Pharaonic Egypt, sweet marjoram was later used to adorn the heads of newlyweds in Greek and Roman times. Native to North Africa, sweet marjoram is a fragrant perennial plant that grows mainly in the Mediterranean Rim.