Many of us who spend time in the kitchen or enjoy dabbling in herbal remedies or aromatherapy dream of growing their own herbs. Growing fresh herbs in your home or garden is an extremely enjoyable, relaxing, and rewarding pastime, but what should you grow?
Some herbs are simply easier to grow, and have a larger variety of uses than others, making them prime candidates. Through my research and experience I have come to the conclusion that marjoram is one of these. I would like to share with you the benefits of this delectable and healing herb, abounding in versatility.
Marjoram is an upright branching perennial herb native to the Mediterranean and North Africa. It was used to make garlands and laurels by the Greeks, who believed the herb to symbolize joy, harmony, and peace.
The leaves of this flower are soft and have a layer of fuzz, they are a grayish-green color and grow opposite each other on stems with a hint of red. Marjoram flowers grow in clusters which result in the herbs’ common name “knotted marjoram”; these flowers bloom in white, lavender, or pink.
There are two varieties of marjoram which are very similar; wild marjoram, and the more commonly used sweet marjoram. While usually trimmed and kept under the hight of one foot, a marjoram plant left to grow may reach two or even three feet of height.