Marjoram {Origanum majorana}


Marjoram or sweet marjoram


Ayurveda Characteristic and Uses

  1. Effect on doshas – Pacifies Vata and Kapha, and increases Pitta
  2. Taste – Pungent, bitter
  3. Energetics – Heating
  4. Main Traditional Action: Carminative, expectorant, liver tonic
  5. Other Traditional Uses: chest infection, cough, sore throat, rheumatic pain, nervous disorders, cardiovascular diseases, epilepsy, insomnia, skin care, stomach disorders, cholagogue, antiphlegmatic, antiasthmatic, anthelmintic, antipyretic, bitter tonic, and antiseptic


Modern Research

Marjoram and its components have been investigated for a number of biological activities including: antioxidant, hypoglycemic, antifungal, antimicrobial, immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, anticancer, inhibitory effect on acetyl cholinesterase, antiparasitic, helpful for inflamed skin wounds and infections, and protective role against the side effects of cyclophosphamide.