Origanum majorana lamiaceae
A woody perennial, sweet majoram grows to a height if about 60cm.
Sweet majoram contains bitters, tannins, flavonoids, manganese and zinc. Its essential oil is rich in cavacrol and thymol, and sabinene, linalool and terpenes are also present.
Sweet marjoram is recognised as a useful plant for treating digestive problems, such as intestinal spasms, nausea, bloating, loss of appetite, flatulence and diarrhoea. It can also act as a sedative, so is effective incases where indigestion is due to a nervous problem, as well as being an effective remedy for insomnia and palpitations. Researchers in Korea have recently shown that the plant's ursolic acid (a terpene) is responsible for this power to calm.
Sweet marjoram is also known to stimulate lactation and perspiration. The latter action, coupled with the plant's diuretic powers, helps to expel toxins from the body.
Applied externally, the essential oil will soothe joint and muscle ache, and can be helpful in easing the pain of toothache and mouth ulcers
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT flatulence, abdominal bloating, nausea, minor nervous problems
For external use
TO TREAT joint and muscle ache ESSENTIAL Oil Dilute, allowing 3 drops of essential oil to 10ml of carrier oil. Massage into affected areas as required.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
Sweet majoram will grow from seed. Plant in a warm, sunny position in spring. It thrives in well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil.
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