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Garden marjoram (also known as arugula) is a herbaceous plant best known for its taste and widely used as a spice in the kitchen. However, few people know that the described plant has great healing potential. Marjoram ointment has long been used in folk medicine. Currently available in a pharmacy, it is registered as a medicinal product.

Action of marjoram ointment

Marjoram herb has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Externally, marjoram ointment works:

  • disinfecting,
  • anti-inflammatory,
  • antiseptic
  • and has a mild astringent effect on the mucosa.

The active substances that can be found in this raw material are:

  • essential oil,
  • flavonoids
  • and phenolic compounds.

Polish marjoram oil contains quite high concentrations of limonene and linalool. These are compounds often used in cosmetics as fragrance ingredients. Unfortunately, this is not a favorable phenomenon, as these compounds are irritating to the skin, may cause irritation, redness and allergies.

In the past, according to lege artis, marjoram ointment was made by etching the marjoram herb with ethanol, then adding white petroleum jelly and evaporating the alcohol while heating it. Then the obtained mass was pressed warmly through the fabric to obtain a marjoram ointment.

Currently, the process is slightly different as mass production requires faster solutions. Marjoram oil extract is added to the ointment base. Unfortunately, the oil also contains irritating ingredients, so consult a doctor before applying the ointment to a child.

Marjoram ointment is used to cure a runny nose . After repeated and regular application, the ointment helps to reduce swelling of the nasal mucosa, clears the nose and gives a feeling of relief and easier breathing. This ointment is especially recommended for watery runny nose that occurs in viral infections.

Marjoram ointment dosage

The preparation is recommended from the age of 1 and up.The application consists in applying a thin layer of ointment around the nostrils. Do not put the ointment in the nostrils.Its consistency is not suitable for working inwithin the nasal mucosa.

Incorrect use of the ointment in the middle of the nose may impair the functioning of the ciliary epithelium , so that the pathological secretion cannot be properly removed from the nose.

Apply the ointment 2-3 times a day.

Contraindications to the use of marjoram ointment

Do not use in patients who are hypersensitive to the active substance of the drug.


During the research, no interactions with other preparations were observed.

The ointment should not be used in children under 1 year of age without consulting a doctor.

Contrary to the generally accepted assumption that a herbal medicine cannot be harmful, marjoram ointment may irritate the delicate skin of a child, and long-term use of the ointment may depigment the skin at the site of application.

Marjoram ointment and pregnancy and breastfeeding

Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use marjoram ointment.

Side effects of marjoram ointment

So far, apart from skin redness and irritation, no side effects of marjoram ointment have been reported.

The above-mentioned actions are very rare, therefore marjoram ointment is considered a proven and safe way to treat a runny nose in both children and adults.

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