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Marjoram Herb cut 75 g - Herbal Collection

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Marjoram Herb cut 75 g - Herbal Collection

Origanum majorana




Tea made from the leaves or flowers is used for runny nose and colds in infants and toddlers, dry and irritating coughs, swollen nose and throat, and ear pain.

Marjoram tea is also used for various digestion problems including poor appetite, liver disease, gallstones, intestinal gas, and stomach cramps


Source : http://www.wikiphyto.org/wiki/Marjolaine


Reference on http://www.wikiphyto.org


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plant name


Marjoram, Marjoram with shells , Garden marjoram


International Latin denomination


Origanum majorana L. = Majorana hortensis Moench


botanical family




Description and habitat


  • Perennial and woody aromatic plant, with oval leaves that give off a powerful sweet, spicy aroma, and white or pink flowers, grouped in spikes in the axils of the upper leaves
  • Widespread throughout the Mediterranean basin (production: Egypt and France)


History and tradition


  • The taxonomy and chemotaxonomy of the genus Origanum is complex
  • Pay attention to the binominal Latin denomination, the vernacular names are not always indicative

Parts used


  • Leaves and flowering tops


Dosage forms available



Usual dosages




Main components of the plant



Main components of buds or young shoots


Main components of essential oil





Plant properties


  • Stimulant and antispasmodic
  • Strong activity on the nervous system, neurotonic and slightly anti-depressant, anxiolytic and slightly soporific, sedative [4]
  • Anticonvulsant [5]
  • Inhibition of acetylcholinesterase, potential effect in Alzheimer's disease ( ursolic acid ) [6] , reduces beta-amyloid protein accumulation [7]
  • Anti-migraine
  • Boosts libido (?)
  • Immunostimulant (?)
  • Light cardiac tonic and antiarrhythmic ( oleanolic acid , ursolic acid )


Bud properties


Properties of essential oil


  • Antibacterial [8] medium intensity
  • Antifungal [9]
  • Antispasmodic, sedative and calming of the nervous system, tranquilizer, parasympathicotonic
  • Hypotensive, vasodilator, analgesic
  • Aphrodisiac (?) or anaphrodisiac depending on the doses
  • Favorable effect of massage on the psychological and immunological level, increases the rate of CD8 lymphocytes [10]
  • Potentialities in Alzheimer's disease [11]
  • Likely action of volatile compounds on the olfactory receptors of the nasal mucosa, inducing a nerve impulse to the olfactory bulb, then to the hippocampus, linked to learning and memory functions [12]
  • Protects against kidney and liver toxicity from lead acetate [13]




Indications of the whole plant (phytotherapy)


  • Benign acute bronchial diseases
  • Digestive disorders, flatulence, colic, gastritis [14]
  • Anxiety and insomnia
  • Spasmophilia, autonomic dystonias
  • Migraines
  • Nervous breakdown
  • Colds and stuffy nose in inhalations
  • Male infertility in obese rats [15]


Indications of the bud (gemmotherapy)


Specific indications of essential oil (aromatherapy)


  • Autonomic dystonias, tachycardias, arrhythmias, syncopal tendency, arterial hypertension, emotional dyspnoea
  • Digestive disorders, colopathies and colitis by anti-inflammatory effect and inhibition of cytokines IL-1β, IL-6, GM-CSF and TNFα [16]
  • Ulcers, gastritis due to Helicobacter pylori in association with cranberry by probable inhibition of urease (which transforms urea into toxic ammonia for the gastric mucosa) and inhibition of proline dehydrogenase at the level of the plasma membrane [17]
  • Dysmenorrhea, a mixture of HE from lavender Lavandula officinalis , clary sage Salvia sclarea and marjoram Origanum majorana , applied locally in a proportion of 2:1:1, decreases the intensity and shortens the duration of pain in primary dysmenorrhea (study randomized clinical trial) [18]
  • Genital erethism, sexual obsessions, anxiety and stress, restlessness, dizziness
  • Rheumatic pains
  • Neuro-vegetative dystonias of any type:
    • respiratory: dyspnoea, spasmodic cough
    • cardiovascular: hypertension, palpitations, extrasystoles
    • digestive: aerophagia, dyspepsia, flatulence, gastritis
    • sexual: obsession, erethism
    • nervous: hyperkinesia, stress, anxiety, depression, dizziness, irritability, agitation
  • Muscle cramps and contractures
  • Lumbago, sciatica, rheumatism


Known or suspected mode of action


  • Parasympathomimetic


Usual formulations





Possible side effects and precautions for use



Bibliographic references


  1. Aller↑ ME Komaitis, N. Ifanti-Papatragianni, E. Melissari-Panagiotou. Composition of the essential oil of marjoram (Origanum majorana L.). Food Chemistry, Volume 45, Issue 2, 1992, Pages 117-118, ISSN 0308-8146, https://doi.org/10.1016/0308-8146(92)90020-3 .
  2. Aller↑ Şarer, E., Scheffer, JJC, & Svendsen, AB (1982). Monoterpenes in the essential oil of Origanum majorana. Plantamedica, 46(12), 236-239.
  3. Aller↑ Vera, RR, & Chane-Ming, J. (1999). Chemical composition of the essential oil of marjoram (Origanum majorana L.) from Reunion Island. Food Chemistry, 66(2), 143-145.
  4. Aller↑ Ali Rezaie, Behboud Jafari, Ghafour Mousavi, Mehrdad Nazeri, Amirreza Ebadi, Changiz Ahmadeh and Elmira Habibi, 2011. Comparative Study of Sedative, Pre-Anesthetic and Anti-Anxiety Effect of Origanum majorana Extract with Diazepam on Rats. Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 6: 611-614. DOI: 10.3923/rjbsci.2011.611.614
  5. Aller↑ Dipti N. Deshmane, Chhaya H. Gadgoli, Ganesh V. Halade. Anticonvulsant effect of Origanum majorana L. Pharmacologyonline 1:64-78 (2007) [1]
  6. Aller↑ Chung YK, Heo HJ, Kim EK, Kim HK, Huh TL, Lim Y, Kim SK, Shin DH. Inhibitory effect of ursolic acid purified from Origanum majorana L on the acetylcholinesterase. Mol Cells. 2001 Apr 30;11(2):137-43. PMID 11355692
  7. Aller↑ Heo HJ, Cho HY, Hong B, Kim HK, Heo TR, Kim EK, Kim SK, Kim CJ, Shin DH. Ursolic acid of Origanum majorana L. reduces Abeta-induced oxidative injury. Mol Cells. 2002 Feb 28;13(1):5-11. PMID 11911474
  8. Aller↑ S. G. Deans, Katerina P. Svoboda. The antimicrobial properties of marjoram (Origanum majorana L.) Volatile Oil. Flavor and Fragrance Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pages 187–190, September 1990
  9. Aller↑ Charai, M., Mosaddak, M., & Faid, M. (1996). Chemical composition and antimicrobial activities of two aromatic plants: Origanum majorana L. and O. compactum Benth. Journal of Essential Oil Research, 8(6), 657-664.
  10. Aller↑ Kuriyama H, Watanabe S, Nakaya T, Shigemori I, Kita M, Yoshida N, Masaki D, Tadai T, Ozasa K, Fukui K, Imanishi J. Immunological and Psychological Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage. Evid Based Complement Alternate Med. 2005 Jun;2(2):179-184. Epub 2005 Apr 27. PMID 15937558
  11. Aller↑ Mossa, ATH, & Nawwar, GAM (2011). Free radical scavenging and antiacetylcholinesterase activities of Origanum majorana L. essential oil. Human & experimental toxicology, 30(10), 1501-1513.
  12. Aller↑ Maggio, A., Rosselli, S., & Bruno, M. (2016). Essential oils and pure volatile compounds as potential drugs in Alzheimer's disease therapy: An updated review of the literature. Current pharmaceutical design, 22(26), 4011-4027.
  13. Aller↑ El‐Ashmawy, IM, El‐Nahas, AF, & Salama, OM (2005). Protective effect of volatile oil, alcoholic and aqueous extracts of Origanum majorana on lead acetate toxicity in mice. Basic & clinical pharmacology & toxicology, 97(4), 238-243. [2]
  14. Aller↑ Saxena, D., Jayant, SK, Soni, K., & Neekhra, K. (2016). Origanum majorana, a potential herb for functional food. Eur. J.Pharm. Med. Res, 3(2), 321-325.
  15. Aller↑ Elwakf, Azza & El-Habibi, Elsayed & Abd El-Ghany, Eman. (2015). Preventing male infertility by marjoram and sage essential oils through modulating testicular lipid accumulation and androgens biosynthesis disruption in a rat model of dietary obesity. Egyptian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences. 5. 10.1016/j.ejbas.2015.05.005.
  16. Aller↑ Alexandra Bukovská, Štefan Čikoš, Štefan Juhás, Gabriela Il'ková, Pavol Rehák, and Juraj Koppel. Effects of a Combination of Thyme and Oregano Essential Oils on TNBS-Induced Colitis in Mice Mediators Inflamm. 2007; 2007: 23296. [3]
  17. Aller↑ YT Lin, YI Kwon, RG Labbe, and K. Shetty. Inhibition of Helicobacter pylori and Associated Urease by Oregano and Cranberry Phytochemical Synergies. Environ Microbiol app. 2005 December; 71(12): 8558–8564. [4]
  18. Aller↑ Ou, M.-C., Hsu, T.-F., Lai, AC, Lin, Y.-T. and Lin, C.-C. (2012), Pain relief assessment by aromatic essential oil massage on outpatients with primary dysmenorrhea: A randomized, double-blind clinical trial. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research, 38: 817-822. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1447-0756.2011.01802.x
  • Franchomme, Penoel. Aromatherapy exactly. Ed. Roger Jollois. 1996. p. 384
  • Johannes Novak, Christina Bitsch, Jan Langbehn, Friedrich Pank, Melpo Skoula, Yiota Gotsiou, Chlodwig M. Franz. Ratios of cis- and trans-Sabinene Hydrate in Origanum majorana L. and Origanum microphyllum (Bentham) Vogel. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, Volume 28, Issue 7, August 2000, Pages 697-704
  • Hiroko Kuriyama, Satoko Watanabe, Takaaki Nakaya, Ichiro Shigemori, Masakazu Kita, Noriko Yoshida, Daiki Masaki, Toshiaki Tadai, Kotaro Ozasa, Kenji Fukui, and Jiro Imanishi. Immunological and Psychological Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage. Evid Based Complement Alternate Med. 2005 June; 2(2): 179–184. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1142199/?tool=pmcentrez&report=abstract



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Do not exceed the daily dose.


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