Nutritious & Delicious Marjoram
Marjoram, an aromatic herb in the mint family, originated in Egypt and Arabia. Today it is commonly found in the Mediterranean region and grown in gardens around the world. Marjoram is available in many forms: essential oil, fresh or dried leaves, or powder, and has many uses.
Marjoram tea is thought to offer a soothing effect to the digestive system and enhance appetite. Marjoram essential oil, considered to be the most fragrant of all aromatic oils, is widely used in aromatherapy to offer relief from muscle aches, cramps, sprains, and toothaches.
Marjoram is also thought to help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and prevent the buildup of cholesterol, reducing the risk of hardened arteries and aiding in improved blood circulation. Studies show that lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels are linked to a reduced rate of heart disease and heart attack.
Historically, marjoram was used to help treat food poisoning, wound infections, and the common cold. As an anti-inflammatory, marjoram has been used to help relieve asthma, muscle spasms, sinus headaches, migraines, fever and body aches. Applied topically, it also has been said to relieve painful joints, sore muscles, sprains, backache and toothaches.
Marjoram is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. You can enjoy marjoram's health benefits and flavor by adding it to soups, sauces, salads, and meat dishes.
This article was submitted by Jacqueline Spang, RD, CDN, Clinical Dietitian at NYP/Westchester Division
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