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The healing power of marjoram

  1. In the past, the herb marjoram was thrown on the ground in stables to protect animals against demonic influences (read: diseases). Anyone who touched marjoram for just a short time expelled all kinds of enchanting creatures. It was called dost at the time. A German poem tells: Dost, Hartheu und weisse Heid, thun dem Teufel fell Leid. Under the devilish scum that was chased away by marjoram were ants and snakes.

Naming marjolein

  1. Marjolein means Origanum Majorana in Latin. Oros means 'mountain' and ganos means 'joy'. The combination origanum therefore actually means 'mountain joy'. The plant prefers to grow on mountain slopes. Majorana means 'bigger', it is a derivative of major. This distinguishes it from Origanum Vulgare or oregano. Marjoram and oregano are very similar in taste, but marjoram is slightly sweeter and milder. In Dutch

Marjolein in antiquity

  1. In India, marjoram has long been considered a sacred plant. In ancient Egypt, this herb was used as a disinfectant for wounds and to extend food shelf life. In ancient Greece, tombs were planted with marjoram because it brings joy to the dead. Greeks still sitting in their earthly casing make tea from it for digestive complaints. Both the ancient Romans

Recent scientific research marjolein

  1. In 2005 researchers at the University of Alexandria in Egypt concluded that marjoram plays an important role in improving kidney and liver functions and that it prevents lead poisoning. Researchers at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia saw in animal studies that marjoram is an important contributor to digestion; growths are less common and gastric secretion and acidity of the stomach are improved. In 2009, Lebanese scientists at the University of Balamand saw that marjoram prevents the spread of leukemia, which the researchers say was due to the strong antioxidant effect of marjoram. Researchers at the National Research Institute in Cairo published a report in 2011 that concluded that marjoram is very high in antioxidants in the form of essential oils. In 2012, researchers at Ain Shams University in Cairo saw that marjoram has potentially important properties for cardiovascular disease

Active ingredients marjoram

  1. Marjoram contains at least 20 different types of essential oils. In addition, it contains the phenolic acids rosmarinic acid and coffee acid. Other phytonutrients present in this plant are: ursolic acid, oleanolic acid, the flavonoids luteolin, apigenin and diosmetin-7-glycosides, bitter substances, tannins, phytosterols, arbutin, hydroxyquinones, saponins, pentosans, protein, vitamins B1, B2 and beta carotene, the minerals sodium, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, boron, and phosphorus

Marjolein good for the nervous system

  1. Marjoram stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. It is generally strengthening and relaxing on the nerves. It is a natural antidepressant. In phytotherapy

Consult the herbalist

  1. Anyone who wants to use marjoram as a medicine is advised to take a consultation with a herbalist. Marjoram extracts and medicines based on marjoram in the form of mother tinctures, powders, nebulisate, liquid extract and capsules should only be taken on prescription by authorized persons. All medicinal effects of this medicinal herb mentioned in this article are based on scientific research and come from Geert Verhelst's Great Handbook of Medicinal Plants, a standard work in phytotherapy.

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