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Most Common Name:Marjoram
Botanical Name:Origanum Marjorana
Also Known As (other names): Sweet Marjoram, Marjorana Hortensis

Marjoram - General description:

 Marjoram is originally from the East Mediterranean region and must not be confused with Oregano which is closely related to it. Marjoram has been used as a medicinal herb since ancient times and was valued by the Greeks as an antidote for poisons and for muscular cramps.

The entire Marjoram herb is harvested and used. Marjoram grows to about ten inches tall and has small white, or sometimes pink, flowers.

Marjoram Properties, or Marjoram use in treatment of:

Sprains and BruisesAntioxidantAntispasmodic
StimulantDiaphoretic 

 

Marjoram Constituents:

Below we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects, if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents. We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.
 Volatile oil - see Marjoram Essential Oil

Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.

Laboratory experiments have been conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a component of this herb.

 

Caffeic Acid: A Phenylpropanoid found in many plants with a bigger concentration in coffee beans. Caffeic Acid is analgesic and anti-inflammatory.

Phenylpropanoids: A phenol.

Phenylpropanoids are therapeutically beneficial and generally not toxic.

Most Phenylpropanoids are analgesic, anti-inflammatory and hypotensive

Phenol: Phenol is extracted from coal tar.
Phenol has an anesthetic and disinfectant effect on the skin but is very toxic and must not be ingested. even in very small quantities phenol may cause nausea, vomiting, paralysis, convulsions and respiratory failure.

Fatalities from skin absorption has been reported as well as circulatory collapse. This product should not be used under any circumstances.

 

Saponins: Wound healing, anti-scarring. Saponins occur as glycosides with aglycone structures that are steroidal or terpenoid. Saponins can cause the destruction of red blood cells if injected causing anaemia or worse. Ingested saponins are poorly absorbed in the digestive system reducing the risk of poisoning but care must be taken on dosage as Saponins are mucus membrane irritants.

Many herbs containing saponins have been identified as "adaptogens" also referred to as harmony remedies (see: The Root of being: Ginseng and the Pharmacology of Harmony - Stephen Fulder 1980). Instead of being purely remedial herbs these adaptogens improves and energizes vitality and resistance thereby keeping ailments at bay. It is claimed that these adaptogens can improve mental functions like learning speed, awareness and alertness as well as help with emotional and intellectual stress. As a tonic they will also reduce the risk of infections by stimulating the immune system.

Saponins are also expectorant, anti-inflammatory, hepaprotective, combats cholesterol build up and antifungal.

 

 

Marjoram Contraindications, do not use if:

Mucus irritantDo not inject 
   
We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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An essential oilOintment 
   

 

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture

 

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