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Benefits Of Marjoram

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Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is an aromatic herb in the mint family which originated in Egypt and Arabia. It is also widely referred to as Oregano. Marjoram was initially used by Hippocrates as an antiseptic agent. To the ancient Greeks, it was names as ‘Amarakos’, a symbol of love, honour and happiness. Aristotle reported it as anti-poison. In the old Egypt, Marjoram was used to disinfect and preserve food and its oil was messaged on the forehead and in the hair. Traditionally, the leaves of marjoram are employed to cure diabetes, insomnia, catarrh, asthma and nervousness.18 Today, it is commonly found in the Mediterranean region or grown in gardens around the world. In its varied forms of: marjoram essential oil, fresh or dried marjoram leaves,…show more content…
19 Cosmetically, marjoram is used in skin cream, body lotion, shaving gel, and bath soaps. Whether used as an essential oil, powder, fresh leaves, or dried leaves, marjoram has many uses with numerous health benefits. It increases the efficiency of digestion by increasing digestive enzymes and saliva, improving appetite, relieving nausea, eliminating flatulence, preventing intestinal infections, relieving diarrhea and constipation, gallstones, intestinal gas, and stomach cramps20,21. Marjoram is a great antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agent and used in a variety of common illnesses like food poisoning, staph infection, tetanus infection in wounds, typhoid, malaria, influenza, common cold, mumps, measles22. Another use of marjoram is enhancement of the cardiovascular and circulatory system lowering the blood pressure, greatly reducing the risk of hypertension, preventing the buildup of cholesterol. It also having anti-inflammatory effects like asthma, muscle spasms, sinus headaches, migraines, fever, body aches. It is used for topical application in painful joints, sore muscles, sprains, back aches,…show more content…
The extract exhibited a marked effects in DPPH (1, 1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl) scavenging assay. 27The ethanol extracts of both stem and root has shown in-vitro antioxidant activity, respectively using Spectrophotometric method by DPPH, H2O2 free radical scavenging, metal chelating and ferric ion reducing power assay. Both the extracts showed potent antioxidant activity in all models. The IC50 values were found comparable with ascorbic acid and the reducing ability of root ethanol extract.25 The ethyl-alcohol, n-hexane and aqueous extracts obtained from leaves and flowering tops of two marjoram Hungary and Egypt showed antioxidant activity in vitro by Spectrophotometric and Chemilaminometric method methods using DPPH and Rancimat methods.
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