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Scientific Name: Origanum x majoricum

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Origanum x majoricum
Origanum x majoricum


  • Perennial
  • Aromatic, hardy, bushy evergreen perennial with thick dark green leaves growing to 60cm by 60cm.
  • It bears white or pink flowers that are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by bees.
  • Will grow in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.
  • Italian oregano is probably a hybrid between sweet marjoram (O. majorana) and Oregano (O. vulgare).
  • It resembles O. majorana in appearance and aroma, and has the same culinary uses.

Culinary Uses

  • Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.
  • The flavor resembles a blend of thyme, rosemary and sage.
  • It goes well with eggs, cauliflower, tomatoes and in salads and marinades. Use it in herb butters, vinegars, stews and sauces.
  • Flavors salad dressings, vegetables, legumes and oils. Has a more delicate flavor than the closely related oregano (Origanum vulgare) - is best when used fresh and only added towards the end of cooking. A herb tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves.

Parts Used

  • The leaves.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and mildly tonic.
  • Taken internally to treat bronchial complaints, tension headaches, insomnia, anxiety, minor digestive upsets and painful menstruation.
  • Not to be prescribed for pregnant women.
  • Also used in aromatherapy where the keyword is 'Muscle relaxant.
  • Externally - to treat muscular pain, bronchial complaints, arthritis, sprains and stiff joints.

Other Uses

  • The essential oil is called 'Oil of Sweet Marjoram' and is used as a food flavoring and in perfumery, soaps, hair products etc.
  • The plant is often used to disinfect bee hives.
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