Marjoram is a rich, sweet tasting herb, that is often used as an oregano substitute**. It has tender leaves and stems and grows well just about anywhere. A native of the Mediterranean, it is a low-growing plant that makes a nice ground cover. **If using for a substitute for Oregano, use 1/3 more
- Latin Name: Origanum majorana
- Common Name: sweet marjoram, Greek oregano*
Marjoram has a long history of use as a medicinal herb. It was associated with love and happiness, purification and healing during ancient times by Greeks, Romans and Europeans. Before hops were widely used to make beer, it was Marjoram and oregano that flavored ales during the Middle Ages.
Marjoram is native to the eastern portion of the Mediterranean, and grows wild on the mountain slopes in Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Egypt.
Marjoram is rich in antioxidants. As a tea, marjoram will soothe an upset stomach. It has anti-microbial properties as well and can be used as a skin wash.