A perennial herb, marjoram is known for its citrus and slightly sweet pine taste. The ancient Greeks and Romans regarded marjoram as a symbol of happiness. The herb is indigenous to areas of the Mediterranean like Cyprus and Turkey, where it’s also used interchangeably with oregano in cooking. Today, marjoram is a popular kitchen herb added to stews, soups, sauces, and even dressings. Marjoram has more than just taste to offer, though. This herb offers a wide range of health benefits that make it well worth adding to diets.


1. Marjoram Has Antiseptic Properties

Marjoram, along with similar herbs like oregano, is known for its cleansing properties. Folk medicine practitioners have long used marjoram to treat both external and internal wounds, to help prevent conditions such as sepsis. Some creams and ointments contain essential oil from marjoram for this reason. Using this herb to treat wounds may also guard against tetanus.

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