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Sweet Marjoram - Origanum majorana

Sweet Marjoram is indigenous to the southeastern Mediterranean and is now cultivated in Europe and some areas of the United States. This culinary spice is enjoyed as an age-old folk remedy for indigestion, upset stomach and loss of appetite.

Ancient healers and herbalists used Sweet Marjoram extensively, from everything from bruises to snake bites. Today, however, this common kitchen herb is more likely to be enjoyed as a pleasant-tasting tea for soothing digestion. As a culinary herb, Sweet Marjoram lends it subtle aroma to herb mixtures, vinegars, soups, dressing, as well as poultry, fish, egg and vegetable dishes. The dried leaves are also a fragrant addition to a sleep pillows and to potpourri blends.

Marjoram Oil has a warm, woody, spicy aroma. Promotes restfulness and is also helpful in soothing aching muscles. Helps support healthy reproductive and immune systems.

The medicinal qualities of the oil extracted from Sweet Marjoram - Oleum majoranae - are similar to that of the Wild Marjoram. Fifteen ounces of the oil are yielded by 150 lb. of the fresh herb. On being kept, it assumes a solid form. It is used as an external application for sprains, bruises, etc., and also as an emmenagogue.

Marjoram (Origanum majorana, Lamiaceae) is a somewhat cold-sensitive perennial herb or undershrub with sweet pine and citrus flavours. In some middle-eastern countries, Marjoram is synonymous with Oregano, and there the names Sweet Marjoram and Knotted Marjoram are used to distinguish it from other plants of the genus Origanum.

Sweet or Knotted Marjoram is not an annual, but is usually treated as such, as the plants - native to Portugal - will not stand the winter elsewhere, so must be sown every year. Seeds may be sown, for an early supply, in March, on a gentle hot-bed and again, in a warm position, in light soil, in the open ground during April. Plants do well if sown in April, though they are long in germinating. The seed is small and should be sown either in drills, 9 inches apart, or broadcast, on the surface, trodden, raked evenly and watered in dry weather. On account of the slowness of germination, care should be taken that the seedlings are not choked with weeds, which being of much quicker growth are likely to do so if not destroyed. They should be removed by the hand, until the plants are large enough to use the small hoe with safety. Seed may also be sown early in May. In common with other aromatic herbs, such as Fennel, Basil, Dill, etc., it is not subject to the attacks of birds, as many other seeds are. When about an inch high, thin out to 6 or 8 inches apart each way. It begins to flower in July, when it is cut for use, and obtains its name of Knotted Marjoram from the flowers being collected into roundish close heads like knots.


This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.