The aromatic seeds are used as a flavouring in sweets, drinks etc.A herb tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves. The flavour resembles a blend of thyme, rosemary and sage.
The herb is antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and mildly tonic. It is taken internally in the treatment of bronchial complaints, tension headaches, insomnia, anxiety, minor digestive upsets and painful menstruation. It should not be prescribed for pregnant women. Externally, it is used to treat muscular pain, bronchial complaints, arthritis, sprains and stiff joints. The plant is harvested as flowering begins and can be used fresh or dried. Marjoram is often used medicinally in the form of the essential oil, about 400 grams being obtained from 70 kilos of the fresh herb. The oil is used as an external application for sprains, bruises etc.The essential oil is used in aromatherapy. Its keyword is 'Muscle relaxant'.
The seed can also be sown in situ in April or early May and, although it can be slow to germinate, usually does well. Division in March or October. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.Basal cuttings of young barren shoots in June. Very easy. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.
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Sweet marjoram is often cultivated as a culinary herb, there are some named varieties. Plants do not normally survive the winter outdoors in Britain so they are usually grown as an annual. Another report says that it is possible to overwinter plants in areas with cold winters so long as you apply a thick mulch to the roots. Plants do not often set seed in Britain[K]. A good companion plant, improving the flavour of nearby plants. The flowers are very attractive to bees. The bruised leaves emit a fragrance somewhat resembling thyme, but somewhat sweeter with balsamic undertones. This is a sacred plant in India.Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer.
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