Marjoram

Ingredients

  • Organic Marjoram

Origin​

  • Egypt

Form

  • Cut and sifted

Certification

  • Organic, Kosher

Typical Use

  • All year

Background

  • Marjoram originated in Cyprus and Southern Turkey making it another Mediterranean spice. It is the older brother to Oregano (both are part of the Origanum genus). While Oregano tends to be pungent and spicy, the more mild marjoram is floral and woodsy.

Cooking

  • Marjoram is part of the Italian spice mix and is closely related to Oregano. Oregano tends to be pungent and spicy, the more mild marjoram is floral and woodsy. It is a common herb in French cooking because the French palette prefers the sweeter Marjoram leaves, while the Italian cuisine prefers Oregano. In our case, we include both in our Organic Italian Herbs.

Cultural​

  • Marjoram has an association with the Goddess Venus (Aphrodite). According to Greek myth, a man named Amarakos in service to the King broke a bottle of precious perfume. He fell down into a swoon and the Gods changed him into Marjoram. So, be careful dropping precious perfumes.

​Spiritual

  • The Greeks believed that Oregano was created by Aphrodite herself and women used it as a perfume. Early herbalists prescribed Oregano to those who “are given to overmuch sighing.” In Germany bunches of the wild herb was hung over the door to protect against any spells that might have been cast by passing witches! The state of Oregon was named for the profusion of Oregano that grew wild there. In Victorian times it symbolized happiness and a light heart.
     

According to the interwebs, Marjoram also has some magic properties such that it confers protection from harm, to enhance love in marriage, and to assuage grief and sorrow. If you place the leaves in each room and/or place of business, it deflects bad luck. 

Medicinal​

  • Marjoram can be used in cooking or in aromatherapy, in its essential oil form. That being said, depending on how it’s used, marjoram is known to provide the following health benefits:
     

Antioxidants — A 2005 study showed that marjoram contains various antioxidants.
 

Antimicrobial — Extracts of marjoram have been found to be effective against several species of fungi and bacteria.
 

Anti-inflammatory — Marjoram may help manage inflammation by suppressing pro-inflammatory cytokines.
 

Better digestion — A mice study showed that marjoram extract exhibits antiulcer properties, as well as reducing basal gastric secretion and acid output. In addition, marjoram may help repair the gastric mucosa.
 

Reduced risk of cancers — Marjoram has promising potential in modulating breast cancer growth and metastasis and may have beneficial effects for lymphoblastic leukemia.
 

Better heart health — Marjoram may help with a range of heart conditions.

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