BOTANICAL NAME: Origanum marjorana
AROMA: warm, slightly spicy smell
COLOR: Colorless to pale yellow
EXTRACTION METHOD: Steam distilled
BLENDS WELL WITH: Sweet Orange, Lavender, Rosewood, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Basil, Thyme, Cypress, Elemi, Chamomile, and spices like Nutmeg or Cardamom.
Sweet Marjoram oil is a staple for me. I use it several times a week in my diffuser at night and I also rub it on the soles of my son’s feet before bed time. It’s extremely calming and an overall useful oil to have a round the house.
Marjoram oil is derived from a lustrous perennial plant that produces rich green leaves and petite white flowers. Known to be powerfully fragrant, it originates in Spain. Also known as knotted marjoram, Origanum majorana is a frost-tender perennial plant which can grow to a height of 60 centimetres (24 inches), with oval leaves and pale or dark pink-purple flowers. These flowers are small but plentiful and form in spiky clusters, blooming between June and September. It is a warm climate plant, preferring lots of sun and well-drained soil.The whole plant is highly aromatic, exuding a pleasing peppery, warm and fresh fragrance of which Culpepper wrote ‘It helpeth all diseases of the chest which hinder the freeness of breathing’. The fresh and dried aromatic leaves have been used for centuries throughout the world as a condiment in cooking due to their spicy, pungent flavour.
The following properties and benefits will only be noticed when using a high quality Marjoram oil. Please do your research before buying oils;
- Anti-bacterial – It kills several species of bacteria
- Anti-aphrodisiac – Decreases sex drive
- Anti-septic – It reduces the risk of septic in wounds by preventing bacterial and other infections
- Anti-spasmodic – It prevents spasms
- Carminative – Stimulates intestinal peristalsis, relieves and promotes the expulsion of gas from the gastrointestinal tract
- Diuretic – It makes the kidneys excrete more urine and thus detoxifies the blood in this process
- Expectorant – Encourages the discharge of mucus from bronchiopulmonary passages
- Stimulant – Increases functional activity and energy in the body
- Sedative – It has a mild tranquillizing effect
- Vulnerary – Promotes healing of fresh cuts or wounds
Massage oil diluted to the lower abdomen and back. Can also be added to a warm bath. Try adding 2 drops of sweet Marjoram oil and 2 drops of Lavender oil in a carrier oil.
Apply onto the area of concern as needed.
Massage diluted oil on abdomen.
Massage on area of concern.
Marjoram is an excellent oil t use when you want to bring calmness into your life. Diffuse at night add a few drops in a warm bath and or apply topically.
Diffuse throughout a room to promote calmness.
Add 3-4 drops to a steam tent and inhale the steam.
Diffuse throughout a room.
Apply oil diluted on temples, back of the neck and wrists. Can also be added to a warm bath.
High Blood Pressure
Massage diluted oil to the reflex points of the feet.
Massage 1-2 drops on the abdomen as needed.
Apply diluted oil to the chest or add a few drops to a hot bowl and use as a steam tent.
Use the same method as mentioned for coughs.
Marjoram oil is a fantastic sedative. Diffuse at night, make a pillow mist spray with marjoram oil, apply topically or add a few drops in a warm bath.
Use aromatically, topically or orally.
Dilute and massage on area of concern.
Apply topically to the are of concern.
Diffuse throughout room or massage onto the chest.
Add 2-3 drops on a handkerchief and inhale.
Massage diluted oil over the area of concern.
Diffuse during emotional stress or apply topically near the heart.
Massage marjoram oil in a carrier oil and apply to the area of concern 2 times a day.
Diffuse throughout a room and or apply topically.
Massage diluted oil topically.