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Marjoram








The common Marjoram (Origanum) grows frequently as a wild
labiate plant on dry, bushy places, especially in chalky districts
throughout Britain, the whole herb being fragrantly aromatic, and
bearing flowers of a deep red colour. When cultivated in our kitchen
gardens it becomes a favourite pot herb, as Sweet Marjoram, with
thin compact spikes, and more elliptical leaves than the wild
Marjoram. Its generic title, Origanum, means in Greek, the joy of
the mountains (oros-ganos) on which it grows.

This plant and the Pennyroyal are often called Organ. Its dried
leaves are put as a pleasant condiment into soups and stuffings,
being also sometimes substituted for tea. Together with the
flowering tops they contain an essential volatile fragrant oil, which
is carminative, warming, and tonic. An infusion made from the fresh
plant will excellently relieve nervous headaches by virtue of the
camphoraceous principle [332] contained in the oil; and externally
the herb may be applied with benefit in bags as a hot fomentation to
painful swellings and rheumatism, as likewise for colic. Organy,
says Gerard, is very good against the wambling of the stomacke,
and stayeth the desire to vomit, especially at sea. It may be used to
good purpose for such as cannot brooke their meate.

The sweet Marjoram has also been successfully employed externally
for healing scirrhous tumours of the breast. Murray says: Tumores
mammarum dolentes scirrhosos herba recens, viridis, per tempus
applicata feliciter dissipavit. The essential oil, when long kept,
assumes a solid form, and was at one time much esteemed for being
rubbed into stiff joints. The Greeks and Romans crowned young
couples with Marjoram, which is in some countries the symbol of
honour. Probably the name was originally, Majoram, in Latin,
Majorana. Our forefathers scoured their furniture with its odorous
juice. In the Merry Wives of Windsor, Act v, Scene 5, we read:--

The several chairs of order look you scour
With juice of balm, and every precious flower.





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