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Marjoram

  • Origanum majorana
  • Origin: Egypt
Marjoram

Common Name

Standardized: sweet marjoram

Botanical Name

Origanum majorana L.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae

Overview

Introduction

Marjoram is a culinary and medicinal 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.

Constituents

Essential oil with alpha-pinene, alpha-terpinene, beta-sitosterol, cavracol, caryophyllene, citral, estragole, eugenol, geraniol, limonene, niacin, oleic acids, rosmarinic acid, tannins, ursolic acid, vitamin C, and zinc.

Parts Used

Leaves.

Typical Preparations

Essential oil, infusions, teas, poultices.

Precautions

Women who experience heavy menstruation should avoid marjoram. The herb is not recommended for infants and small children.

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