Marjoram is a small (20-25 cm) bushy, wild or cultivated aromatic plant, characterized by an upright stem with a lot of leaves and small white or purple flowers.
It treats of a perennial plant in its places of origin, it is native to Northeast Africa and Central Asia, it does not grow spontaneously in Europe but it is only cultivated. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family and to the Origanum genus.
The ancient Greek doctors used marjoram to treat joint and muscle pains. Later the Romans attributed to this plant the ability to heal bruises, treat menstrual pains, settle the stomach and heal ocular conjunctivitis.
In the Middle Ages it was believed that Marjoram had magical properties and in particular the power to ward off evil spirits. In the past, this plant was an excellent substitute of hop in the preparation of beer.