Majoram

Health Power

See Oregano for vitamin, mineral and fiber health benefits. Main difference between marjoram and oregano is in their essential oils, although the effects of the oils overlap. The chemical compounds in marjoram essential oil are primarily pinene, sabinene, camphor, borneol and origanol. The oil has anti-bacterial/viral properties. It also helps ease pain, calms the mood, promotes sleep, aids digestion and lowers blood pressure. Some use it as a diuretic or expectorant. Used to treat migraines, headaches, arthritis, asthma, respiratory infections, depression, anxiety, insomnia, constipation and stress.

Vitamin and Mineral Content

Vitamins – K, A and C
Minerals – Iron, Manganese and Calcium

Disease Prevention

See oregano for disease prevention. Essential oil may help reduce the symptoms or development of arthritis, asthma, insomnia and many bacterial, viral or fungal infections.

How to Grow

Wild and pot marjoram are both hardy perennials. The more flavorful sweet marjoram grows only as a semi-hardy annual in colder regions. Prefers a site with full sun. Relatively tolerant of soil types. Grows best with moisture-retaining, well-drained soil. Work in generous amount of compost or planting mix before planting in spring. Get young transplants from a nursery. Plant about 1 foot apart. If growing sweet marjoram as an annual in temperate zone, sow seeds indoors in early spring, plant outdoors after the last frost, spacing 8 inches apart. Water regularly and keep weeds away to prevent nutrient competition. Pinch main shoots often to encourage dense, bushy growth. Fresh leaves are ready to harvest from early summer until gone or winter returns. Marjoram dries or freezes well for winter use. Grows well in pots, too. Grow entire crop this way or a few to bring in for winter to have fresh leaves all year.

Insect Control

No common pests that threaten its life.

Tips

Divide and replant perennials every three years. Herbs are excellent added to many dishes.

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