Oil of marjoram is mainly used in flavouring food and is much in demand in food processing industries for flavouring canned food. To a small extant, it is used in perfumes, lotions and soaps. Medicinally, the oil is used as an external application for sprains, bruises, stiff and paralytic limbs and toothache. In aromatherapy the oil has warming, soothing and fortifying effects. Extraction of oil is done by steam distillation, oil content in fresh leaves ranges from 0.3-0.5% and dry plant gives upto 1%. Essential oil obtained from leaves has antimicrobial and nematicidal activity.
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Marjoram – Sweet Marjoram