The Marjoram (Origanum majorana) plant is native to the Mediterranean region. An aromatic herb, it symbolized happiness for the ancient Romans. While its culinary uses are many, thanks to its soothingly aromatic properties, marjoram tea is widely appreciated due to the medicinal benefits it offers.
In some regions, it is often confused with oregano, owing to the similarity in the aroma. Marjoram leaves are quite small and roundish to look at. As the plant is primarily grown for its aromatic leaves, one needs to start snipping it from the top as it begins to flower, and not expose it to the harsh rays of the sun.
|» To brew a cup full of tea, add a teaspoon full of marjoram herb into cold water. A cup of water would normally be 200 ml or 6.7 fluid ounces.
» After the herbs are added to the water, heat it until it boils. Once it boils, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
» Strain this liquid into a cup and drizzle a little honey in it for sweetness. As far as possible, avoid using sugar to sweeten your tea, which will help you avoid those unwanted calories.
» Adding a dash of lemon juice will enhance the taste. Ideally, you can have three cups of marjoram tea in a day.
|» Marjoram tea helps relieve symptoms of respiratory problems, dry cough and cold, bronchitis and sinusitis. This tea is excellent for asthma patients.
» It promotes cardiovascular health, improves blood flow to the heart, and reduces your bad cholesterol.
» Next on the list are problems of the digestive tract. It rids you of nausea and flatulence, stimulates appetite and aids digestion. Consuming it for a long time has helped people deal with eating disorders too.
» Thanks to its anti-inflammatory nature, it relieves a lot of aches and pains like toothaches, headaches, arthritis, menstrual cramps, etc.
» This tea stimulates perspiration and helps eliminate toxins through sweat, and therefore, people having the flu can benefit from it.
» Marjoram tea has a very calming effect on the body and mind. It soothes frayed nerves, and is known to assuage migraines. It is effective in relieving you of insomnia.
|» Nutrients in marjoram tea include essential oils and acids.
» It is a good source of vitamin A, B3, B6, C, D and K, along with zinc, calcium, rosmarinic, oleic, nicotinic, tannin and ursolic acids.
» Marjoram oil includes terpinen, terpineol, carvacrol and beta sistosterine.
» It contains flavonoids and has anti-inflammatory properties, which acts as a mild tranquilizer.
» It is a natural disinfectant and has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
» Marjoram is rich in minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, copper and phosphorus.
» Another advantage is that marjoram contains very low levels of saturated fats and sodium.
As with any remedy, be it herbal or otherwise, one has to exercise extreme caution when it comes to the consumption. Even if you’ve weighed the risks, there is always the possibility of problems occurring as a result of excess consumption. This is why, it is always a good idea to take your medical practitioner’s advice beforehand. The uses of marjoram herb are many, and when used in the right proportion can benefit you tremendously.