Best known as a culinary herb and an essential ingredient in French, Middle Eastern and prominently in Mediterranean cuisine, Marjoram isn't an unfamiliar herb to food lovers and in kitchen gardens. It is the world of fragrances where perfumers, as composers, to blend their fragrances work with numbers of materials and there marjoram, which is akin to oregano, makes its way into perfume ingredients.It is a perennial herbaceous plant, grown often as an annual because it does not survive well in wet and cold winters. It grows to an upright, compact bush about 20-40 cm in height, with a woody main stem and many softer branches.
Leaves are oblong-ovate, soft, matte green with a sweet, spicy, pleasant smell. Flowers are small, whitish or purplish, arranged in terminal clusters. Seeds are minute, oval and dark brown. Crop is usually grown vegetatively through cuttings and can also be grown by seeds..Marjoram (Origanum majorana, syn. Majorana hortensis Moench, Majorana majorana (L.) H. Karst is a somewhat cold-sensitive perennial herb or undershrub with sweet pine and citrus flavors. In some Middle-Eastern countries, marjoram is synonymous with oregano, and there the names sweet marjoram and knotted marjoram are used to distinguish it from other plants of the genus Origanum.
The name marjoram (Old French majorane, Medieval Latin majorana) does not directly derive from the Latin word maior (major). Marjoram is indigenous to Cyprus and southern Turkey, and was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness.Marjoram is cultivated for its aromatic leaves, either green or dry, for culinary purposes; the tops are cut as the plants begin to flower and are dried slowly in the shade. It is often used in herb combinations such as herbes de Provence and za'atar. The flowering leaves and tops of marjoram are steam-distilled to produce an essential oil that is yellowish in color (darkening to brown as it ages). It has many chemical components, some of which are borneol, camphor and pinene.Oregano (Origanum vulgare, sometimes listed with marjoram as Origanum majorana) is also called wild marjoram. It is a perennial common in southern Europe in dry copses and on hedge-banks, with many stout stems 30–80 cm high, bearing short-stalked, somewhat ovate leaves and clusters of purple flowers. It has a stronger flavor than marjoram.
Pot marjoram or Cretan oregano (Origanum onites) has similar uses to marjoram.Hardy marjoram or French marjoram, a cross of marjoram with oregano, is much more resistant to cold, but is slightly less sweet. Origanum pulchellum is known as showy marjoram or showy oregano.Marjoram might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking marjoram might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects.marjoram oil has antispasmodic properties, it can assist those with asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, constipation or migraine headaches. It unquestionably has some very useful properties.
Marjoram Sweet is steam distilled from the flowering tops of wild crafted plants.This Marjoram should not be confused with Marjoram Spanish, which is differrent family (Thymus) with a very different chemical profile and activity. .Sweet marjoram essence is obtained through steam distillation of the fresh plant.Used as a modifier in herbaceous and fougere perfumes, as well as masculine and spicy notes.Marjoram Sweet has many uses in Aromatherapy due to it's complex chemical profile. It is well known for it's calming influence, especially for stress and insomnia. It is known for its comforting effect with grief and sorrow. Many even use it in their pain relief blends where it soothes tired, aching, muscles and joints. The perfect choice for your "so you can sleep" night time blends and environmental fragrances.Marjoram finds very little use in perfumery , perhaps some herbal accords where it might make it smell more natural.