Latin: Origanum majorana
Parts Used: Leaves
Taste/Energetics: Sweet, slightly bitter, aromatic, warm
Properties: Carminative, antimicrobial, diaphoretic, uplifting, antiinflammatory, anxiolytic, antispasmodic
Actions: As a close cousin to oregano, marjoram is another wonderful uplifting aromatic herb that comes to us from the Mediterranean and has a long history of use dating back to the ancient Greeks. They associated marjoram with joy and happiness and it would often be left at funerals to promote happiness in the afterlife. Generally used as a culinary herb, it is often added to numerous dishes for its aromatic flavor.
In terms of mental health, it is distilled into an essential oil that can be added to blends and is useful for calming the nervous system and associated anxiety, insomnia, shock and grief.
Marjoram works topically and as an analgesic antispasmodic aid in massage oils. Useful for tension headaches, cramps, tics, muscle spasms, restless legs, etc.
Dosage: Standard preparation as essential oil. Liberally in culinary dishes and salad dressings. Lovely in the garden for its scent, appearance and culinary usefulness.
Contraindications: None as culinary ingredient. Avoid as essential oil if pregnant.