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Marjoram: A Miraculous Herb for our Health

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is an aromatic herbaceous plant related to oregano. Originating from the Mediterranean region, marjoram has excellent culinary and medicinal value that is worth exploring.

More specifically, the marjoram plant blooms from July to September. The leaves are small, fluffy and oval and have a strong characteristic aroma. We can use them as a spice in fish or meat, but also as a decoction as it has health benefits. In addition, we can obtain essential oil from its leaves and it can be used as an antiseptic and antispasmodic. Its most important uses since ancient times are against stomach and intestinal disorders, while Hippocrates used it as an antiseptic.

The History of Marjoram

Marjoram has been used for centuries in cooking and as a decoction. In ancient times it was known as ‘amaraccio’. The name was taken from the botanist Amaracus, the son of the Cypriot king Kinyra and priest of the temple of the goddess Aphrodite. More specifically, he used the herb in myrrh in the cult rites of the temple. According to legend, the container in which he kept the sacred myrrh fell from his hands and broke. This spread the smell everywhere, so that the gods noticed it and punished him by transforming him into this plant.

It is also reported that the goddess Aphrodite gave this plant to the ancients by planting it on Olympus. It was the symbol of happiness and harmony.

The ancient Greeks called marjoram ”the joy of the mountain”.

It has also been used in love potions and young girls used to anoint their hair with a special oil containing marjoram to dream of their future husband. As a decoction, it was suitable for stomach upsets and in the Middle Ages it was a remedy for colds and a toothache reliever.


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‘Amarakinon’ or ‘sampsychinon’ is also found in Egyptian countries in ceremonies of the god Osiris, while the inhabitants of Cyprus made a perfume from the plant which was very strong and popular. Until today, on the island of Cyprus, marjoram is called ‘amaraka’.

Why is it so beneficial for health?

First of all, it is worth mentioning that marjoram is rich in nutrients and plant compounds that make it extremely beneficial for our health. Some of its key ingredients include:

  1. Polyphenols: These antioxidant compounds help protect cells from free radicals.
  2. Vitamins: Contains B vitamins such as B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).
  3. Fiber: Contains fiber that helps regulate digestion.


The health benefits of marjoram are significant.

Let’s look at its basic properties:

  1. Antioxidant Properties: Marjoram contains antioxidant compounds, such as flavonoids and phenolic acids, which may help protect cells from free radicals contributing to overall health.
  2. GI system wellness: Traditionally since ancient times, marjoram has been used to improve digestion and relieve various gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion and abdominal discomfort.
  3. In some studies, marjoram has shown antiseptic properties, meaning it can help control the growth of bacteria and microbes.

It is important to mention that marjoram should be consumed in moderation and should be part of a balanced diet. Although it has a sedative and soothing effect, in large doses it can have side effects (such as dizziness, digestive disturbances) and therefore, as with any herb, caution is advised.

Kitchen Uses

Marjoram has a characteristic aromatic and flavour profile with a slightly sweet, woody taste. It is often used as a spice to add flavour to a variety of foods such as meats, fish, sauces, soups and pizzas. It is also the main ingredient in Zatar (Za’atar) a flavoring blend widely used in the Middle East.

At the same time, you can also create your own blends, marinades, aromatic olive oils or teas.

In conclusion, It’s an amazing herb with culinary and therapeutic value. With its antioxidant properties and nutrients, it can help improve our health and offer new taste sensations in our dishes. It is worth exploring this plant and enjoying the multiple benefits it offers. At tofillo you will find organic marjoram from the mountains of Crete. Add it to your herbal collection!


Interesting FATCS for marjoram

– Egyptians and Arabs used it as a medicinal plant.

– Singers used to drink a decoction of marjoram with honey to preserve their voice.

– The people of England used marjoram to make beer. This is how they flavoured and preserved it.

– Its culinary use in Italy and Spain dates back to the 1300s.

– Around 1300 – 1600, during the Renaissance period, it was used to flavour eggs, meat and fish.


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