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English: Marjoram.

French: Marjolaine.

From the family of Labiadas.

Excellent tonic, stomach, carminativa and antispasmodic. Sudorific and emenagoga. In small doses, it is more sedating.

Introduced in the West during the Middle Ages, in the wake of the Crusades, had such fast Acceptance that its cultivation spread throughout Europe, reaching more than used in home countries, particularly in the kitchen, as a spice for production of sausages and stews to prepare.

The marjoram presents beautiful flowers in the form of a chalice. The parties that are collected are the flowering tops, which taken in infusion, are used to combat all kinds of disorders.

The plant contains terpenes, which are responsible for their aroma.

Little plant cover pelusilla Blanca, erect stem, in no more than 50 cm, square - section, such as oregano. The leaves, oval, with a dark green color, masked by the thin layer of white hairs in it under the false hue clearly apparent. The flowers, small, in the form of glass, white or pink, are grouped into bouquets that form a dense spike in the upper half of the stems; summarizing such as oregano, a few drops of essence, yellow. All the plant off a very pleasant scent, the taste is bitter. Also called mayorana, oregano and almoradux true.

LOCATION: Your location area includes northeastern Africa (Egypt) and extends from Arabia to India. In Europe and America exists as a single plant cultivation.

Medicinal properties: It has been used to combat any disorders, such as infections, abdominal di and other classes. It is a tonic promotes digestion, regulates menstruation and is sudorific.

COLLECTING: We use the flowering tops (the ends of the stems that contain sheets) that are cut when the plant starts to bloom, that is, half way between the spring and summer, according to the weather. Should not be expected to have all the flowers fully open, as it did not take place all at once, and when the last flower is at its maximum splendor, the first and wither. Should be left to dry in the shade as soon as possible after the reaction, and save them in jars sealed and shielded from light.

USES AND APPLICATIONS: It usually takes at infusion, although s den prepare both forms. The (about his shoot with flowers and leaves to a cup of water) is an, general tonic that promotes sleep. The strong (5 times more concentrated, used to help digestions following a copious meal, abdominal pains to calm and to provoke menstruation when it does not come at scheduled dates. Against the cold, should be made puffs boiling 20 grams of flowering tops liter of water in water and breathing (through the nose) of, vapors that emerge.

Used Part.

The flowering tops.

Active Principles.

Essential oil (0. 7 to 3%) rich in terpineol, with thymol, carvacrol and hydrocarbons terpénicos; phenolic acids: caféico, chlorogenic, rosmarínico; flavonoid derivatives of apigenol, luteolol, kenferol, diosmetol; hydroquinone.

Drug Action.

The essential oil gives it spasmolytic properties, sedatives, hypotensive, digestive and Carmine. The phenolic acids, flavonoids and hydroquinone are responsible for their bactericidal activity, diuretic, urinary antiseptic and reinforce the action of glaucoma. Via external analgesic and healing.


Dyspepsia hiposecretoras, meteorism, gastrointestinal spasms, gastritis, gastric ulcers. Anxiety, hypertension, insomnia, headaches. Asthma, bronchitis.

In topical use: osteo inflammation, myalgia, coryza, sinusitis, herpes, wounds.


Unless otherwise indicated, we recommend not to prescribe essential oils through internal during pregnancy, lactation, children under six years or patients with gastritis, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, hepatopathy, epilepsy, Parkinson and other neurological diseases.

Do not administer, or topically applied to children under six years old or people with respiratory allergies or with known hypersensitivity to this or other essential oils.

Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcoholic content for oral administration in children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Caution / Poisoning.

Continued use of the plant (more than two weeks) can cause headaches and drowsiness.

The essential oil, at high doses, can be narcotic, causing headaches and muscle spasms.

It can produce irritation of mucous membranes and allergic reactions (bronchospasm)

Take into account the alcohol content of the fluid extract and tincture.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Internal use:

Infusion: one tablespoon per cup of dessert, in digestive disorders, infuse ten minutes, three cups a day. In cases of excitement nervosa, a teaspoon per cup of coffee and take three or more per day.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 25 - 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Tincture (1: 10) 50 - 100 drops, one to three times a day.

Essential oil (see precautions) 2 - 4 drops three times daily. Capsules (25 to 50 mg / caps, 2 or 3 a day)

Dust: 0. 5 to 2 grams a day, in capsules of 250 mg.

Topical use:

Infusion: 30 g / l, applied in the form of general baths, lotions, towels, ointments, gargarismos or mouthwash.

Essential oil: friction on the affected joints (in alcoholic solution)


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