Marjoram, unless you are a foodie or a “spicie” (ok I just made that term up) you’ve probably never even heard of it. I had a heck of a time trying to find it at the Whole Food Grocer. Marjoram is very similar to oregano but has a lighter, sweeter and more floral flavor profile than oregano.
Now marjoram opposed to oregano has a many benefits in large dosage. I’m not sure that in your day to day use, you will use enough to see all the benefits. From what I have read you need to use it in high dosages, and the recipes I use it in, is mainly 1/2 of a teaspoon.
I find that marjoram is a nice seasoning for potatoes, and that is the primary source that I use marjoram for. It is popular in the greek and mediterranean cooking. The key benefits I’m highlighting are ones you get for use as spice. There are many more benefits if you use it in oil form and/or as a tea.
Good For the Heart – Marjoram helps with blood flow. By improving your cardiovascular system, by doing so it helps lower your blood pressure, and help reduce build up of cholesterol in the blood vessels.
Lowers Blood Sugar – Marjoram does this by lower your Advanced Glycation End.
Now there has been articles published that marjoram can be unsafe if used long term. These articles go on saying it can hurt your liver, kidney, or cause cancer. However, this is if you are using the herb as medicine, not as a spice. As I mentioned earlier when you cook with it you don’t get all the health benefits, but you also don’t get the health risks.
I suggest trying this spice when cooking, now the key benefits are not a ton but who doesn’t want a healthy heart and low blood sugar? So there is some health benefits you get from cooking with it. I really enjoy the flavor it adds to my roasted potato recipe.
What are your thoughts on marjoram? Please contact me or start a discussion below, I’m sure others are thinking the same as you, but are waiting on YOU to start the discussion.