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Marjoram: A Versatile Herb for Cooking and Aromatherapy

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Marjoram Herb

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  • Marjoram is an herb mainly used in culinary applications. But research has shown that it can be used in medicinal applications as well
  • Studies show that marjoram has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Marjoram may also help promote digestive health and lower the risk of cancer
  • Marjoram is often confused with oregano because both come from the same plant family. Be sure to research properly to know which herb to use for the appropriate situation

The marjoram plant (Origanum majorana) is an aromatic herb known for its aromatherapeutic and culinary uses. Its botanical name literally means “mountain beauty.” Interestingly, since marjoram and oregano (Origanum vulgare, which means mountain joy when translated), have often been confused through the years, you may also see marjoram referred to as mountain joy.


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