The marjoram plant, origanum Majorana, is a herbaceous perennial that is native to the Mediterranean region, and part of the Lamiaceae family. The plant grows to between 30 and 60 centimetres tall with equivalent width and features fragrant, grey-green oval leaves. Its flowers are small and tubular, growing in pale pink or white clusters. Marjoram essential oil is taken from the leaves by steam distillation.
Marjoram has a long history of use both in and out of the kitchen. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite goddess of love used it in love potions. The ancient Greeks used it to make wreaths and garlands, whilst the ancient Egyptians used it for healing, disinfecting, and food preservation.
As well as its many uses in cooking, marjoram has a warm, herbaceous aroma which promotes calming. It can also be used topically for its calming properties or taken internally to support the immune and cardiovascular systems.
Use a few drops in a diffuser of your choice.
Diluting with a carrier oil is recommended due to possible skin sensitivity.
- Digestive Stimulant
Consult a doctor before use if you are pregnant, particularly during the first trimester.
Blends well with
Supports cartilage and joint function
The calming benefits of Marjoram can support cartilage and joint function when applied topically. Dilute as required and apply to the area of discomfort.
Helps to relieve muscle cramping and sprains
Marjoram’s soothing properties also help with muscle cramps and sprains. Dilute and massage onto the affected area.
Supports the heart and maintains healthy blood pressure
Marjoram supports heart health and helps to maintain healthy blood pressure. Apply topically to pulse points and over the heart, or take in a capsule with two drops of Lemongrass.
Supports the respiratory and immune systems
If you’re feeling unwell, apply Marjoram essential oil to the chest, neck, and upper back to give the respiratory and immune systems a boost.
Supports the pancreas
To help maintain a healthy pancreas, apply one to two drops of Marjoram essential oil over the pancreas.
Maintains a healthy sex drive
Apply Marjoram essential oil to the abdomen to help maintain a healthy sex drive.
Helps with boils, cold sores and ringworm
Take Marjoram in a capsule or apply to the affected area to promote healing.
Relieves head and neck tension
If you’re suffering from tension in the head or neck, apply Marjoram essential oil along the hairline and temples, and to the back of the neck.
Supports the digestive system
Take Marjoram in a capsule, or dilute and massage over the abdomen and lower back to help maintain a healthy digestive system.
Reduce feelings of anxiety
The calming benefits of Marjoram can eliminate feelings of anxiety and stress. Apply to the bottom of the feet and the back of the neck, or diffuse to feel more peaceful.
Restores emotional balance
If you are feeling doubtful, use Marjoram essential oil topically and aromatically to feel trusting.