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What is the history of marjoram?

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The herb marjoram dates back to ancient Greece, and it was also prized in both Rome and Egypt. Throughout history, people have woven it into wreathes, strewn it in chambers and infused it in beer and milk.

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Marjoram originates in the Mediterranean and Anatoila, or Asia Minor. The ancient Greeks called marjoram "joy of the mountain." Both the Greeks and the Romans crowned young couples with marjoram wreaths to promote happiness in the marriage. Greeks and Egyptians used it as a remedy for ailments such as poisoning, edema and convulsions.

In ancient mythology, the goddess Venus created marjoram and gave it sweet flavor and scent. Aphrodite also treasured the herb. Later generations of Greeks used the plant to make garlands and wreaths for both weddings and funerals. They planted it on graves, because they believed it was a sign that the deceased had found eternal happiness.

People in the Middle Ages used marjoram for a variety of purposes. Young ladies anointed themselves with marjoram oil before bed so they'd dream of their future husbands. Seen as a sign of everlasting love and honor, medieval ladies carried it in nosegays and sweet bags. Cooks used the herb for young couples to nurture their love.

People have used marjoram to sweeten the smell in chambers. They've also used the herb to preserve both milk and beer.

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