In many places, marjoram is just another name for oregano, but the two plants have very different tastes and benefits.
What is Marjoram?
Marjoram is a small flowering shrub that is a subspecies of oregano, both being members of the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is a native plant, found in Cyprus and Turkey, although it is grown all over the world now since its popularity as a spice has boomed. It has a sweet, mild taste with notes of citrus and pine. This light floral herb is often used in salad dressings and marinades. Fresh or dried, it does not stand up to heat well during cooking and works better in cold cooking applications. It is not only prized for its flavor, but also for its potential health effects.
Being a rich source of prescribed for the following:, marjoram is often
- Supports digestion
- Stimulates appetite
- Prevents gallstones
- Treats gastric ulcers
- Promotes heart health
- Dilates blood vessels
- Improves health
- Reduces anxiety
- Lowers stress
- Improves emotional health
- Treats health
Due to its provides protection against the following:and anti- properties, inhaling its oil
It is a well-known herbal treatment for women’s health issues. It is used for the following:
- Menstrual cycle support
- Treat menopause symptoms
- Restores hormone balance
- Treats ovarian syndrome
- Reduces androgen levels
Marjoram vs. Oregano
- Origin: Marjoram is a subspecies of oregano, and the two are often mistaken for each other. In some regions, oregano is called wild marjoram, and marjoram is referred to as sweet marjoram, as a means to differentiate.
- Taste: As those names suggest, the tastes of both herbs are very different. Oregano is very pungent and earthy tasting, with a heavy, overwhelming scent. Marjoram is lighter, with more subtle floral sweetness.
- Cuisines: Oregano is common in Italian and Mediterranean dishes, while marjoram is more common in English and French cuisine.
- Usage: Both essential oils are powerful , but oregano is harsher and is used more frequently to treat infections like fever or rash. Marjoram is milder and is used more commonly for stress, disorders, and as an anti-inflammatory substance.
This herb is not recommended for women during pregnancy or while breastfeeding due to its powerful hormonal and menstrual effects.
Furthermore, caution is advised, if you are on medication for the following:
- Bleeding disorders
- Scheduled for surgery