You might have used this spice in your culinary delights, but did you also know that Marjoram can do so much more? As an herb, or essential oil, Marjoram should be a part of your health and healing routine, for a wide variety of reasons:
1. Aids in healing bruises and sprains. Similar to Arnica, marjoram has properties that speed up the healing process of sprains and bruises. You can either add therapeutic grade Marjoram essential oil into your Epsom Salt bath – add 1 cup of Epsom salt and 9 drops of marjoram essential oil to your bath water – or use it as part of a hot wrap
Mix 4 drops of Marjoram Essential Oil and 4 drops of Lavender Essential oil with a teaspoon of honey to a cup of hot water. Stir well. Soak a washcloth in that mix, and apply to strain or bruise, until it cools, repeating three times a day until healed.
2. Promotes digestive health. Including marjoram into your food, aids your ability to digest. This spice fits well with stews and lentil dishes, as well as dressings, and is often a part of the traditional Herb De Provence mix
3. Calms muscle and nerve spasms. Drinking marjoram tea can aid with digestive spasms, and symptoms of colic. Add one heaping teaspoon of dried marjoram to a cup of hot water, allow to steep for 5 minutes. Strain and trink the tea warm, sweetened with honey or cane sugar.
4. Headache relief. Soak a cotton ball in the following mixture: 5 drops of Marjoram essential oil to 1/2 cup of warm water. Squeeze out excess water, gently rub on forehead and sides of your head.
If you do not have any marjoram on hand you can subsitute it with the following
For culinary needs, you can substitute the spice with oregano, but keep in mind that Marjoram is sweeter, so you may want to use less of oregano then you would of marjoram.
For strains and bruises, substitute with arnica (arnica gel is widely available online and in large box stores)
For headache relief, substitute with lavender.
Caution: Do not use this herb when you are pregnant!
Due to it’s association with the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, Marjoram has been used in love spells and potions.
Fun Historical Fact:
Marjoram was added to beer in England, as a preservative and to give it a somewhat minty flavor.