Marjoram toxicity

(Origanum majorana = Majorana hortensis)


Is marjoram a toxic plant?

No, marjoram is not a toxic plant. It does not cause adverse health effects when used at the recommended food and therapeutic doses.

  • Essential oil in high doses can be narcotic, causing headache, drowsiness, dizziness, muscular spasms and convulsions.

  • In high doses, marjoram essential oil can cause bronchospasm.

  • High intakes of marjoram can produce irritation of the digestive mucosa and, consequently, digestive disorders.

What toxic components does marjoram have?


Photo of marjoram

The main components of the essential oil of Mejorana are carvacrol and thymol. These components, responsible for the aroma of this plant, can produce drowsiness, numbness and anesthesia when large amounts are ingested.

It is difficult to produce food poisoning by ingesting or using marjoram in food or as a natural remedy.

However, marjoram essential oil is rich in these components and can lead to intoxication.

Precautions before taking Marjoram

  • Do not use marjoram essential oil in children under 6 years. It may produce allergic reactions and bronchospasm.

  • Avoid prolonged use of marjoram. Prolonged use of the plant can cause headaches and drowsiness.

  • Do not perpetuate treatments with marjoram for more than 2 weeks. Prolonged medicinal use for more than two weeks may result in paralytic ileus (Paralysis of the intestine)

  • Do not take marjoram or its essential oil during pregnancy and lactation.

* Related information: Marjoram side effects, marjoram contraindications

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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