Marjoram side effects

(Origanum majorana = Majorana hortensis)


Is it dangerous to use marjoram?

marjoramPhoto of marjoram in a garden dedicated to its cultivation and marketing

No, marjoram (Origanum majorana = Majorana hortensis) is a health-safe plant in quantities of food (as an aromatic spice) and in medicinal amounts during short treatments in healthy adults.

Possible side effects

The side effects produced by the consumption of marjoram are scarce. Marjoram can produce:

  • Contact dermatitis: Direct contact with the fresh plant can produce dermatitis in sensitive people.
  • Allergy: People who are allergic to plants of the lamiaceae family, such as thyme, sage or rosemary, should be cautious with the use of marjoram.
  • Constipation: Marjoram has a sedative effect that can decrease the intestinal rhythm, causing a slight constipation.

Precautions with marjoram use

Do not perform long treatments with marjoram. Consult the Contraindications of marjoram before using it.

Marjoram in pregnancy and breastfeeding

The use of marjoram during pregnancy is not certain because some authors claim that it has emmenagogue effects, which stimulate menstruation.

* More information: Plants and pregnancy.

There is insufficient scientific research to guarantee the use of marjoram during lactation. It is recommended to take precaution and NOT to perform medicinal treatments with marjoram during lactation.

* Related information: Marjoram toxicity, marjoram contraindications

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This article was endorsed by Montserrat Enrich - Journalist specializing in edible wild plants and plant uses.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

9 November, 2020

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