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  • Origanum majorana
  • Origin: Egypt


Common Name

Standardized: sweet marjoram

Botanical Name

Origanum majorana L.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae


Marjoram is a culinary herb in the mint family. It needs a hot climate to develop its full aroma, but it loses some of its flavor when it is dried. Marjoram goes well with thyme, bay leaves, black pepper, and juniper berries. Marjoram is a Greek word meaning "Joy of the Mountain". According to Greek myth, Aphrodite said that the smell of marjoram was the smell of impending good luck. Greeks also believed that if it was growing on a grave, it was a sign that the departed soul had found happiness. Throughout the middle ages it was worn by bridal couples to signify love, honor, and happiness. It was used in England for many years as an ingredient in snuff, then as a somewhat exotic flavoring for beer.

Parts Used

Dried leaf.

Typical Preparations

Marjoram can be add to herbal infusions, prepared as tea, used in cooking, and macerated in oil for topical applications.


No known precautions.
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