Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Desert Marjoram
Common name:

Desert Marjoram

Synonym name:

wild Marjoram

Hebrew name:

אזובית המדבר

Scientific name:

Origanum dayi



Arabic name:


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perennial plant
0.2-0.5 m
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The plant is growing in Soil pockets and cracks in limestone and flint stone on cliffs and in river channels. The marjoram is wildly spread in areas in the southern Hebron hills, Northern Negev, Negev highlands and the Judean Desert.


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Desert marjoram is an endemic plant of Israel, from the lamiaceae family.  Its green branches grow from the base of the ligneous branches, its leaves color changes from bright green to dip green and they are covered with long hairs. All parts of the plant spread pleasant spicy scent.
In the folk medicine desert Marjoram is acceptable as a medicinal herb to treat back pain, respiratory problems, cough and abdominal pain. 
Desert marjoram Oil: Pour olive oil into a glass jar until it half full, into the oil put the leaves and stems of marjoram until the oil level rises up to the jar edge. Cover it and place in a window that facing the sun most of the day for one to two weeks.  In this way we extract the essential oil and get "marjoram oil." The jar should be stored in a cool dark place. 
For asthma attacks:
 It is recommended to do the patient chest and back massage with marjoram oil.  Pour two tablespoons of marjoram oil into a little put and Heat the oil slightly, dip your fingertips into the oil and massage the chest and back of the patient. The massage with marjoram oil eases the patient asthma attack.  At the end of treatment the patient should be covered with a blanket. 
The Israeli Bedouin Villagers in South Hebron and the Negev considers the marjoram as a very fine tea herb. Marjoram mixed with olive oil is used to cure arthritis pain.