Origanum majorana (syn. Majorana hortensis)

Sweet Marjoram, Knotty Marjoram, Joy of the Mountain, Mountain Mint, Wintersweet, Lamiaceae (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Marwa (Ayurvedic)

Native to

Western Asia

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake and to ensure we recognize any appropriation that we may make in our use of a plant, we include it's nativity.

Parts Used 

  • Leaves

  • Flowering Tops

  • Anti-atherosclerosis: Helps protect the body against coronary heart disease

  • Antibacterial: Stops or slows the spread of bacteria

  • Anticholinesterase: prevents the breakdown of certain neural transmitters

  • Anti-Fungal: Stops or slows the spread of fungi

  • Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Antimetastatic: slows the creation of cancerous cells

  • Antioxidant: Removes, prevents potentially harmful oxidising within the body

  • Anti-platelet: assists in keeping platelets from adhering to each other

  • Antiprotozoal: destroys and inhibits the spread of protozoa

  • Antispasmodic: Relieves involuntary movements such as ticks and siezures 

  • Note: many antispasmodics have the opposite effect depending on your neurology, consult your doctor.

  • Antitumor: slows/inhibits the growth of tumors

  • Antiulcerogenic: Prevents ulcers

  • Aromatic: Potent and often sweet smelling herb aiming to stimulate hunger, digestion, and relaxation

  • Cardioprotective: Protects the heart and coronary arteries

  • Carminative: Relieves gas... Farts, specifically.

  • Diaphoretic: Makes you sweat

  • Digestive Stimulant: Pretty much what it says. Stimulates digestion

  • Diuretic: Makes you pee

  • Expectorant: Promotes the secretion of the gunk in your respritory system, typically used to treat coughs

  • Gastroprotective: Counteracts damage to the stomach lining unrelated to acid production

  • Hepatoprotective: Prevents damage to the liver

  • Sedative: Promotes calm or induces sleep

  • Stomachic: Promotes appetite and aids in digestion

Divinities & Mythos

  • Aphrodite (Greek)

  • Venus (Roman)

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Mercury

  • Element(s): Air

  • Gender: Masuline

  • Taste: Bitter, Spicy

  • Energy: Warming

Warning: Pregnancy + Action-Overload

Can cause convulsions of the uterus which may lead to premature labor or miscarriage.

Marjoram has been used for millenia as both a spice and medicine/magic. That said, it has a lot of powerful "actions" that it takes medicinally making it one of the things that we suggest confirming with your doctor prior to extended ingestion.

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Marjoram in Action

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of Marjoram.

Magical Properties

  • Calm

  • Cleansing

  • Dream

  • Family

  • Happiness

  • Health

  • Home blessing

  • Love

  • Money

  • Protection

  • Purification

  • Relieves Grief

  • Shields from Sadness, Evil, and Negativity

  • Sleep

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?