Marjoram (Origanum majorana) means “joy of the mountains” in Greek, and in European countries has traditionally symbolized youth, beauty and happiness. In Greece, wild marjoram covers the slopes and gives off a sweet, peppery fragrance which was supposedly gifted to the plant by the goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of luck!

A few drops of marjoram oil on the pillow can help with promoting a restful sleep, as will a cup of marjoram tea, because the plant has the ability to calm the nerves. It is soothing for those who have trouble sleeping or who have anxious thoughts – similar to the lemon balm from last week because they are actually both from the mint family!

Marjoram is also a good digestive aid and can help to gently alleviate gas in the stomach. A strong infusion can also help with respiratory problems as well – for this a pad soaked in marjoram infusion can be placed on top of the nose and sinus areas to relieve sinus problems and hay fever or you can make a steam bath infusion to breath in.

By Angelica Fisher, Intern with OUR Ecovillage, Instagram: @angel_fish254

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