Care for a cup of marjoram tea?
A cup of what?? You are most likely surprised to hear that marjoram makes a great tea. It does and how! The warm earthy flavor is a real treat to slowly savor. Did you know that it can also help eliminate your body’s toxins as a great natural body scrub? Marjoram is also a super simple way to add some zest and nutrition to your next meal.
Don’t confuse marjoram with winter marjoram or oregano, which are related but very different in flavor. It’s sweeter than its relative, oregano. This special herb not only offers a delicate piney, citrusy, and savory blend of flavors but carries a plethora of health benefits as well.
3 Ways to Incorporate Marjoram into your Life:
Suffering from stress or insomnia? Under the weather? Feeling run down?
Steep a few leaves of marjoram in your next cup of tea for burst of warm many-hued flavor that will help to alleviate your symptoms.
Add a one to two teaspoons to a cup of steaming water.
Hint: Add a few pieces of lemongrass. This will not only bring out the subtle citrusy elements already found in the herb but will also pack on the health benefits. Lemongrass is great for treating headaches, aches and pains and has healing astringent properties.
If you’re not accustomed to drinking herbs, you’ll find that it definitely differs from a basic black tea. You’ll experience a warmth, then a subtle blend of mild to moderately strong flavors that slowly creep into your palate, stimulating your senses. One cup and you’ll be hooked. Once you try this herb as a tea you’ll find that your basic tea simply can’t compare.
Experiencing joint soreness or muscle pain? Make a quick marjoram salt scrub:
You will need 2 cups salt (Epsom or sea salt), ½ cup olive oil, and 1 cup marjoram. Muddle the oil and herbs, then add salt.
Hint: Add some lemon for added health benefits. It has antioxidant properties and strengthens your immune system, plus the scent is very invigorating.
Saturate your skin, rub, and voila! You’ll be amazed how quickly those nagging pains vanish!
Feeling bored with your usual cuisine? Add some marjoram to your next dish!
Add a dash of marjoram to your veggies, on your salad, or use as a marinade for tofu. It’s been traditionally used to season meat dishes. However, it works just as well (or even better) on tofu and vegetables.
Simple Marjoram Oil Recipe:
Add 1 tbsp olive oil to one teaspoon marjoram (3 : 1 ratio), and that’s it!
This simple recipe will add a dimension of flavor to any vegetable. It’s especially tasty on cauliflower and roasted potatoes.
Try marinating a 14 oz. pre-packaged cube of tofu. Store overnight in the marjoram oil for a more thoroughly seasoned meal tomorrow.
Hint: For added multi-faceted flavor, add a few bay leaves. They will add vitamins A and C, and iron. The bay leaves will aid in overall digestion and assist in digestive disorders. They also add more of a savory element and will make the dish more robust.
*Important! Remember to take out the leaves before you eat! While they impart a layer of flavor that will add much to any dish, the leaves themselves are very bitter if swallowed.
Marjoram is a light, earthy, delicious, and very nutritious herb that can be easily incorporated into your life. Drink it as a tea, use it to heal your tired body as a scrub, or incorporate it as a seasoning in your favorite dishes. You’ll find that you’ve suddenly found a new friend in this delightful, invigorating and scrumptious herb.
Do you use marjoram in your cooking? Let us know how you use it!
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