Wild Marjoram

Other names:  Lucerne

Scientific name: Origanum vulgare

Common names:

Ayurvedic names:

Chinese names: Ao le gang, Niu zhi, Ao le gang cao

Bangladesh names:

Arabic names:    السمسق البري (al ssamsaq al barri)

Rain Forest names:

Family: Labitae

Approximate number of species known:

Common parts used: Leaf, flower

Collection: Summer

Annual/Perennial: Perennial

Height: upto 2 feet

Actions: stimulant, diaphoertic, anti-microbial, expectorant, emmenagogue, rubefaciaent

Known Constituents: Oil including thymol, carvacrol, tannins

Constituents Explained:


It is a perennial herb, with creeping roots, sending up woody stems about a foot high, branched above, often purplish. The leaves are opposite, petiolate, about an inch long, nearly entire hairy beneath. The flowers are in corymbs, with reddish bracts, a two-lipped pale purple corolla, and a five-toothed calyx, blooming from the end of June, through August. There is a variety with white flowers and light-green stalks, another with variegated leaves. It is propagated by division of roots in the autumn 

Traditional Use:

Used in cooking, it uses for colds, flus and as an antiseptic.  Its not uncommon for a Mahoram tea to be made up in cases of heaches, or the oil to be rubbed onto the temples.

Clinical Studies: