Marjoram is an herb indigenous to Cyprus and southern Turkey that is used for a wide variety of purposes, notably as a cooking spice. It is added to certain soups, salads, and meat dishes, as well as cosmetic products like skin creams and bath soaps.
Marjoram was even a symbol of happiness to the Greeks and Romans. Nutritionally, marjoram contains decent quantities of dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids. Given the herb’s impressive nutritional content, it seems all too reasonable that marjoram should be found as a dietary supplement.
Marjoram is used for the common cold, poor appetite, stomach cramps, liver disease, gallstones, diabetes, sleep problems, back pain, headaches, dizziness, and depression. Though marjoram is used for these purposes, few notable studies have been conducted on marjoram’s ability to treat any health conditions.
Some studies suggest that the herb may benefit those with infections or disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, and it is used to this effect in traditional Austrian medicine, but more studies are needed to substantiate this use. Prospective users of marjoram, especially those with serious medical conditions, would be wise to consult with their doctors. Marjoram should never be used to delay or forgo a proper consultation.