While sweet marjoram was used historically to treat anxiety and
insomnia, the uses of the aromatic dried leaves are nowadays limited to the kitchen as
a delicate alternative to the more pungent oregano, Origanum
vulgare. Marjoram was also used in combination with other calming
herbs to promote healthy restful sleep,
and the dried leaves make an excellent stuffing for sleep pillows. Sweet marjoram
essential oil is used in aromatherapy for an emotional
uplift and soothing nerves.
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Sweet marjoram is a fragrant culinary herb and the sweet, herbaceous essential oil is used in aromatherapy for emotional uplift and soothing nerves
Sweet, or knotted marjoram is a small shrub (up to 50 centimeters)with reddish stems and hairy, oval greyish leaves, and clusters of pink, white or mauve flowers.
Related SpeciesOriganum vulgare Oregano
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History and Traditions & Folklore
Marjoram is incorporated into charms and spells to draw love and fertility. It is rumored to help keep a married couple happily together.
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