Origin: Cyprus and southern Turkey

Family: Lamiaceae
Scientific Name: Origanum majorana

Folk Names: Joy of the mountain, knotted marjoram, marjorlaine, mountain mint, sweet marjoram, wintersweet


Element: Air
Day: Thursday
Planet: Mercury
Zodiac: Aries
Deities: Venus, Aphrodite, Thor, Jupiter

Magical Properties: Peace, happiness, love, communication, compassion, protection

Substitutions: Oregano


Part Used: Leaves and flowers
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 59°C

Scent Type: Herbaceous
Perfume Note: Middle
Scent Description: Spicy-herbaceous and slightly woody scent

Aromatherapeutic Uses

A warming, calming oil. Marjoram oil can be helpful for anxiety/stress, sore/tense muscles, headaches, insomnia, and menstrual cramps.


Avoid during pregnancy.

In the Garden

Type: Annual
Sow: Spring/summer/autumn
Light: Medium
Water: Keep moist
Soil: Well-drained

Companion Planting: Lavender