It still isn’t clear exactly where this thought came from but as I was organizing my cooking herbs and spices something sprung into my head, “Get marjoram”. The thought was odd because I’ve never really cooked with marjoram before. As I sat here trying to decide what herb I wanted to research today it became quite clear that it was time to more about mystical marjoram.
Ancient Greek mythology states that the Goddess Aphrodite used to grow marjoram which inspired many kitchen witches to use the common cooking herb in love potions.
Scientific Name: Origanum vulgare [aka: wintersweet, sweet marjoram, marjolaine, joy of the mountains]
Magickal Stats: Elementally water, ruled by Venus and Mars
Parts Used: leaf, essential oil, flower
Improves Function Of:
- Digestive System
- Cardiovascular System
- Immune System
- Neurological System
Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:
- Mumps, Measles, Malaria, Common Cold, Typhoid, Tetanus Infection in Wounds
- Stomach ache & Cramp, nausea & vomiting, flatulence & diarrhea
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor circulation
- Sore muscles & joints, toothache, pain, back ache
- Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety, & minimizing emotional outbursts
- PMS & imbalanced sexual desire
Assists Spiritually With:
- Offertory to Goddess Aphrodite
- Bringing strength to marriage
- Protect a home
What Do I Do With It?
Marjoram tea is made in various strengths for digestion aide, immune system boost, and to calm the nerves and relieve anxiety. Applying marjoram topically helps to relieve aching joints and cramping muscles, this can be done by adding the herb or oil to a topical cream or by just applying the essential oil directly to the painful spot. Essential oil of marjoram can be diffused to help with the same ailments as tea, because of this I recommend inhaling the tea as it cools off.
To bless a house, dried marjoram can be sprinkled around the perimeter of a home as a representation of familial love. It can also be offered to the Goddess Aphrodite to entice strength in a marriage. Similarly, marjoram is often one of the main components in love potions.