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Marjoram

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General Properties of Marjoram Essential Oil

  • analgesic
  • anaphrodisiac
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • digestive
  • sedative
  • vasodilator
Origin: Egypt. Steam distilled from the flowers and leaves of the herb. Middle note.

Description of Marjoram Essential Oil

Marjoram is an herb that is steam distilled from the flowering tops and leaves to produce an essential oil that is yellowish in color (darkening to brown as it ages). Some of its countries of origin are the Mediterranean, Yugoslavia and Hungary. While it has many chemical components, some of them are borneol, camphor, origanol and pinene. Marjoram essential oil's outstanding contribution to the world of aromatherapy is its ability to be warming to both the body and the mind.

Marjoram is an excellent essential oil to use when dealing with diseases that affect the ability of the individual to breathe (asthma, bronchitis, colds). When used in a steam inhalation it is quick to clear congested breathing passages. It is warming while having analgesic and sedative properties. For those with a persistent, tickly cough this oil can be blended into a carrier to be massaged onto the throat and chest area (great before bed with the sedative aspect). For insomnia, this oil is a great one to use, especially when combined with lavender essential oil, in a warm bath before going to bed.

Marjoram essential oil is also a vasodilator, making it a good oil to use in the treatment of high blood pressure and heart conditions. It is a good essential oil to add to your post work out massage oil, as its ability to improve localized circulation will help to transport the toxins left in the muscles (due to the heavy exertion) away and out of the body. On an emotional level, those individuals who are lonely or grieving may use Marjoram essential oil for a short period of time. This oil also has the reputation of being used as an anti-aphrodisiac!

Marjoram blends well with Cedarwood essential oil, Chamomile essential oil, Cypress essential oil, Eucalyptus essential oil, Lavender essential oil, Mandarin essential oil, Orange essential oil, Nutmeg essential oil, Rosemary essential oil, Thyme essential oil and Ylang ylang essential oil.

Specific Cautions about Marjoram Essential Oil

Care must be exercised not overuse this essential oil. In too large a quantity it can become stupefying. Keep in mind, also, that when using this oil it can dull the senses while inducing drowsiness. Avoid with low blood pressure and depression. Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.

References about Marjoram Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Marjoram Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Origanum marjorama
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.