Marjoram tea has long been known for its antispasmodic, carminative, diaphoretic and diuretic actions.
Marjoram is a tender perennial that is a member of the mint family. Marjoram has a bushy habit that grows up to 24 inches in length. It is thus an ideal hanging plant in gardens. Marjoram is said to be native to North Africa, the Middle East, and India. Marjoram thrives on a hot climate as it is the factor that enables the herb to develop its full aroma.
The leaves of the marjoram are small, roundish, and fuzzy-haired. They have a sweet and spicy fragrance. The stems are purplish in color, and have many wiry branches. It has clusters of white or pink flowers that are found at the ends of the branches.
Marjoram has many culinary and medicinal uses. It is utilized in many beef, pork and vegetable dishes.
The active constituents of marjoram are essential oil, niacin, oleic acids, rosmarinic acid, tannins, ursolic acid, vitamin C, and zinc. These constituents may be derived through tea, steam and poultices.
To make marjoram tea, place 1 teaspoon of herb in an 8-ounce cup (8 fluid ounces) of cold water. Bring the water to a boil. As soon as the water begins to boil, reduce the heat and steep for about 15 to 20 minutes. Consume the tea up to three times each day.
The following are some health benefits attributed to marjoram tea:
- Marjoram tea may help relieve indigestion, flatulence and prevent spasms in the digestive tract.
- Marjoram tea may help relieve dry cough.
- Marjoram tea may be used as a remedy for asthma.
- Marjoram tea may help relieve the pain of childbirth.
- Marjoram tea may help in the treatment of epilepsy.
- Marjoram tea may help in the treatment of rheumatism.