Marjoram Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses


Welcome to the Masters’ Grimoire of Magical Herbs page for Marjoram. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this herb including Marjoram's magical uses, Marjoram physical healing, and emotional healing properties, plus its use in meditation, Marjoram lore and legends, and much more!

Introduction to Marjoram


Marjoram is a cold-sensitive perennial herb. It is also considered an undreshrub with sweet pine and citrus flavors. In some countries in the Middle East, is synonymous with oregano and the names sweet marjoram and knotted marjoram are used to distinguish it from other plants of the same genus. It is also called pot marjoram though this name is also used for other cultivated species of the same genus, Origanum. 

Its leaves are smooth, simple, and ovate to oblong and about 0.2–0.6 inches long and 0.1-0.3 inches wide. They have an obtuse apex with a symmetrical base and reticulate venation. The texture of the leave is very smooth due to it’s many hairs. 

Marjoram is cultivated for its aromatic leaves. In either form, green or dry, it is used mostly for culinary purposes. The tops are cut as the plant begins to flower and dried slowly in the shade. It is often used in herb combination such as herbes de Provence and za’atar. The flowering leaves and tops of marjoram are steam-distilled to produce essential oil that is yellowing in color and darkens to brown as it ages. It has many chemical components, some of which are borneol, camphor, and pinene.

Marjoram is indigenous to Cyprus, the Mediterranean, Turkey, Wester Asia, and the Arabian Peninsula, and the Levant. It was known to ancient Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness. It is possible that marjoram spread to the British Isles during the Middle Ages. It is not widely used in the United States after World War II. 

Other names for marjoram include; knotted marjoram, marjorana, hortensis, wurstkraut, adi mercankosk, common marjoram, echo marjolein, joy of the mountain, marjolaine, margaram, French Marjoram, Mayorana, mayorana-so, oregano, oregano de espana, origanium, perennial, pot marjoram, raihan, jabaili, Turkish Oregano, Wild Marjoram, Winter Oregano, and Winter Marjoram. 

Today, marjoram is mainly used for consumption. Its popularity could be due to the rise of low-fat and low-salt diets which require more seasoning. 


The Sacred Number of Marjoram is 120


Marjoram Magical Uses and Purposes

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According to the I Ching, marjoram is useful in magic for discovering unfamiliar territory. This is good for spells and rituals that include astral travel, spiritual journeys, as well as divination and seeking new relationships. 

Marjoram is mainly known as a culinary herb but is also used for protection from harm. It can also be used for spells to enhance love in a marriage and to assuage grief and sorrow. It has been used to give protection and deflect bad luck by placing the leaves in various rooms of a business or home. The leaves must be replaced every month to retain their power. It can be incorporate into charms and spells to draw love and bring fertility. It is helpful to keep relationships positive and happy. It is also useful to relieve worries by using it in a seven-day bath ritual. 

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Healing with Marjoram

Marjoram Physical Health Benefits


Marjoram has been used as medicinal herb for a very long time. Marjoram oil has been used to treat cancer, colds, coughs, cramps, depression, used as a diuretic, ear infections, gastrointestinal issues, headaches, paralysis, arthritis, chest congestion, and muscle aches. It has also been used as an aphrodisiac, as well as a mouthwash, tea, poultices, tinctures, and infusions. 

Marjoram contains phenol carvacrol, which is an anitbacteral, antifungal, and antimicrobial. Ethanol extract is cytotoxic against firbrosarcoma cell lines and contains anti proliferative properties against C6 and HeLa cells which can be isolated in a marjoram extract. Dried marjoram has been found to have effects on cardioprotective, hepaprotective, antiulcerogenetic, anticholinesterase, anti-PCOS, and anti-inflammatory. 

Marjoram is generally not toxic but should not be used by pregnant or lactating women. It is always important to consult your doctor when using medicinal herbs. 

Spiritual Healing with Marjoram


Marjoram is useful in spiritual healing to tackle mystery and the unknown. It can enhance your spiritual journey for the purpose of healing to give you the strength and confidence to explore areas that have been left unexplored. 

Emotional Healing with Marjoram

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Marjoram has been used to treat depression and can create a safe and protective space to tackle unexplored feelings and emotions.

Marjoram for Chakra Healing

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Marjoram is associated with the Crown Chakra. 

The crown chakra is our gateway to the expanded universe beyond our bodies. It controls how we think, and how we respond to the world around us. It is the fountainhead of our beliefs. It is the source of our spirituality. It connects us to the higher planes of existence. It extends our energy beyond our body. It is the source of higher sources of information and universal energy and truth.
It is the source of our coordination. 

When it in balance we are in balance. We are coordinated. We fit together. Our energies are in balance. We know our place in the universe. We are flexible, and we understand the ebb and flow of life. We see things as they are, and are unruffled by setbacks, knowing they are an essential part of life. We do not cling to outdated ideas or attitudes, but rather keep ourselves within the flow of life.

When the crown chakra is out of balance or its energy is blocked, you will feel clumsy, uncoordinated, and at sorts with life. You will stumble in both movement and thought. You will be uninspired and out of step. The world will seem to be spinning, and you will be unsure of who you are or why you even exist. You will be rigid in your thinking, and be spiritually adrift. Your consciousness will be limited, and possibilities will not appear to you. You will have difficulty understanding relationships, ideas, and dreams.


Color Energy of Marjoram


Marjoram is influences by white color energy. 

The timeless, natural powers of white rays are those of the moon. White is the color we see when the moon reflects the sun’s light to us. White is the color of natural cycles. It is the color of beginning and endings.

White is the color of the feminine gender, manifested as the Goddess in many cultures, and, as such, the color of the world of birth, and regeneration.

It is a cool color of the night, the sleeping world, and it offers us the best guide to the hidden world beyond understanding, just as the moon is our only illumination in the dark world of night.

White is the color of the full moon reflected on a snow-covered field. It is cold, but a sleeping cold reflecting great heat.

is the color of contradictions and opposites. It is the color of freedom and the color of hope.


Angels Associated with Marjoram

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Marjoram  is associated with three different angels:

Azrael, healer of grief,

Nanael, Protector and Ruler of the dates December 13-16, Sagittarius, and

Sharahiel, Master of the 4th Tarot Card "The Emperor". 


Marjoram and the Goddess

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Marjoram is associated with Brigid.

Brigid is a beloved and favorite Celtic Goddess who’s name means “exalted one”. She is known as the Lady of the Flame and is celebrated at the Pagan holiday of Imbolc. She is the patron of creative types, especially poets and musicians. She brings encouragement and inspiration to everyone. 


Marjoram Birth Herb


Marjoram is the birth herb for those born on January 5, February 4, March 3, May 6, June 3, June 5, August 13, September 2, September 9, October 5, November 2, andDecember 10.

If you were born on one of these dates, you might find that you have a particular attraction to Marjoram. You may feel drawn to it. Those with the birth herb of Marjoram will likely find it more powerful and intuitive to work with.


Marjoram I Ching Hexagram

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Marjoram is associated with the 56th hexagram of the I Ching.

This hexagram is about Crossing Unfamiliar Territory. 

In unfamiliar situations, the empowered person is confident enough to play the humble role of learner and observer. The keywords for this hexagram are: trailblazers, pioneers, wanderers, sightseers, sojourners, visitors, newbies, tourists, fish out of water, travels, beginners. 

This hexagram encourages learning from those that have more experience. To be an observer and ask for directions. It also encourages using previous experiences for the present and accepting guidance and advice when needed. Blazing a new trail can be the best way to get the best information. 

It cautions us against causing strife by disregarding local customs and breaking laws. Avoid sowing discord out of ignorance and blundering forward when we could be watching and learning instead. 


Marjoram Astrological Sign


Marjoram is associated with the astrological zodiac sign of Aries. In Moon Astrology it is associated with the  8th Mansion of the Moon, the Mansion of the Lake.  This brings Marjoram the energy of quietness, stillness, and mysteries yet to be revealed. 


Uses of Marjoram in Feng Shui

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Marjoram  brings Metal Energy to Feng Shui practices.

Metal energy is the energy of intelligence, contraction, healing, and creativity. It is the energy of togetherness and crystallization – of ideas, concepts, and groups. It is hard, sharp, and often destructive, yet an essential element in all lives. We have to be sharp, unyielding, and hard at times to find our way without being a victim of others. The metal element brings the power of concentration and determination to our lives and our dwellings.

Metal energy is traditionally associated with the northwest and west areas of a home or room. It is associated with the Helpful People and Blessings, and Travel area of your life and dwelling, and with the Creativity and Children area.


Uses of Marjoram in Talismans and Amulets


Marjoram  can be used to make talismans and amulets for a variety of needs including dealing with aging, aloofness, answering mysteries, inner beauty, beliefs, birth giving, centering, clarity, concentration, confessions, discretion, endurance, equilibrium, facing reality, focus, hidden knowledge, ideals, dispelling illusions, inner truth, intimacy, introspection, invincibility, meaning, meditation, soothing a troubled mind, mystery, peace, protecting property, protection, quiet, reflection, shelter, conviction, exploring the unknown, visualization, character, calmness. 


Using Marjoram in Divination

Marjoram is associated with mysteries and dealing with the unknown. This means this herb can be beneficial in wading into the unknown when practicing divination. It can amply the knowledge your receive and help with better understanding the information that is given. 


Meditation with Marjoram

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Marjoram is beneficial in mediation as it inspires inner introspection and pondering of the unknown. This herb can enhance the depth in which you focus your inner thoughts and help find meaning when you are uncertain. 


Lore and Legends of Marjoram

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Marjoram is related to Samhain and the Celtic Pagan holiday that is now more commonly known as Halloween. This is likely because Dittany of Crete, a type of Marjoram, was said to manifest spirits and enable astral projection when it was burned.

It has also been used in Sephardi Jewish tradition as a ritual of medicine practice.


Ancient Greeks believes the plants was created by Aphrodite. For Romans, the herb was known as a symbol of happiness and was believed to increase the lifespan. Marjoram is mentioned in Pedanius Dioscorides’ De Materia Medica and was used by Hippocrates as an antiseptic. 

In ancient times, Greeks used marjoram to massage their bodies. This gave a very pleasant fragrance after having a bath. 

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by Theresa Peters

Theresa Peters is an (almost) life-long Alaskan. She is a writer and artist for the Crystal Inner Circle and has been studying crystals and their metaphysical and magical properties since she was a teen. Living in Alaska she has grown to appreciate the magical qualities of nature and the way the effect it has on all living things.

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