Marjoram, oregano, and savory are culinary herbs with similar volatile oils that enable them to treat a wide variety of ailments in the human body. They have been proven effective in the digestive, pulmonary, muscular, cutaneous, and urinary systems, as well as in the treatment of inflammatory tissues. Each herb also contains unique oils that give it sole healing properties.
In the digestive area, marjoram -used in the preparation of cured meats and in the enhancement of flavor in diary dishes, soups, sauces, and salad – is effective in soothing the digestive tract and stomach; treating nausea, diarrhea, flatulence, loss of appetite, child malnutrition, and anorexia. Oregano and oil of oregano -used as a flavor enhancer in American, Latin, Greek, and Turkish cuisine- calms the digestive tract and stomach, but also eradicates intestinal parasites and food-borne microbes. Savory -used to spice foods like cabbage- treats nausea, diarrhea, flatulence, and intestinal worms.
With regard to the pulmonary system, marjoram acts as a decongestant for colds and flues, and is effective with asthma and bronchitis. Oregano helps reduce fevers, retards coughs and sore throats, and treats asthma. Savory alleviates coughs and sore throats, as well as breathing problems in children.
For relief from muscular aches and pains, marjoram and oil of oregano works well. Marjoram and savory eases stomach cramps. Savory is especially good in treating colics.
Cutaneous disorders like itchy skin can be treated with a marjoram poultice or oil of oregano. Marjoram also eases pain from bruises and sprains while oil of oregano works on athlete’s foot, eczema, psoriasis, and oral problems like canker sores and toothaches. Savory’s antiseptic properties make it an excellent disinfectant for infected wounds.
In the urinary system, marjoram and savory act as diuretics while oregano eases other urinary tract problems.
Marjoram’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties make it therapeutically ideal for treating appendicitis, pancreatitis, entercolitis, arthritis, and bronchitis (also mentioned in the pulmonary category). Oil of oregano is quite effective in fighting hepatitis C and arthritis. Savory treats hepatitis, gout, and rheumatism.
These herbs have also been proven to be great headache relievers. Marjoram works especially well in easing migraines while oil of oregano clears the sinus.
With regard to sole healing properties, marjoram relieves insomnia, improves blood circulation, retards the build-up of cholesterol, treats depression, relaxes the nervous system, eliminates toxins from the body by inducing perspiration, and possibly helps Alzheimer’s patients. Oregano’s capabilities include treating ear infections, hay fever, and reinforcing the immune system. Savory treats anemia, and eases uterine contractions and edema in pregnant women.
Though marjoram, oregano, and savory provide an impressive list of benefits, side effects are possible. Oil of oregano for instance, could retard the absorption of iron and too much savory could create cardio-vascular issues. Thus, it is wise to carefully read all labels and related materials when purchasing the herbs as medicinal products. Your healthcare provider or a professional herbalist should also be consulted. Since there are no restrictions when used for culinary purposes, you can still gain some benefits.