Marjoram Essential Oil
Marjoram has been used for its healing properties for thousands of years. It has been mentioned in the writings of Pliny, Galen, Dioscorides, and Theophrastus. Dioscorides often used it to treat nervous disorders, while Pliny prescribed it to treat stomach disorders and flatulence.
Marjoram is linked to several benefits, such as reduced inflammation, improved digestive health, and menstrual regulation.
The inhalation of marjoram essential oil has been shown to calm the nervous system and, in turn, positively impact your cardiovascular system by improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
Massage therapists often include essential oil in their massage oil or lotion. Marjoram oil reduces the pain associated with colds, fevers, inflammation, overexertion of muscles, and tension headaches.
Marjoram oil relieves spasms in the respiratory system, intestines, and muscular spasms in the limbs.
Marjoram oil has a warming effect on the body and it improves circulation, cordial effect, to increase the blood flow, further warming your cells.
Using Marjoram Essential Oil can improve digestive function, with its scent alone stimulating salivary glands to help facilitate stomach processes. Marjoram oil promotes digestion by stimulating the secretion of digestive juices like gastric juices, acids, and bile in the stomach, while its aroma alone can stimulate the salivary glands and thus aid in the primary digestion of food. Marjoram has historically been used to prevent digestive issues like stomach ulcers and certain food-borne illnesses.
Marjoram oil increases the frequency of urination, thus helping remove excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts, and other toxic elements from the body.
Marjoram essential oil is quite effective at giving relief from the deposition of mucus and phlegm in the throat and sinuses, as well as congestion of the nasal tract, larynx, pharynx, bronchi, and lungs due to colds and viral infections.
Marjoram Essential Oil is naturally high in antioxidants, helping to improve the cardiovascular system. Marjoram essential oil is known as a vasodilator, which can help maintain healthy blood pressure. Vasodilators help relax and widen the blood vessels. This takes the strain off the heart and eases the flow of blood. It’s naturally high in antioxidants, making it excellent for the cardiovascular system as well as the whole body.
Cold & Flu Relief
Marjoram oil can help rid the body of common illnesses such as cold and flu, as well as bacterial infections in the digestive system or urinary tract. Marjoram oil is known to help the body fight off infections and remove unwanted toxins.
Marjoram essential oil is known for its ability to relax the mind and promote better sleep. Marjoram oils sedative properties can also help promote a proper night of sleep.
Aphrodite was the goddess of two herbs, oregano, and marjoram. Since Aphrodite, the Goddess of all things love, adored her plants so much, the herbs themselves grew to be associated with marriage and love. Couples would wear garlands or crowns made of oregano and marjoram on their wedding nights in the hopes of having a long, happy marriage. It is also said that if marjoram grows on the grave of a deceased person, that person is having a happy afterlife.
Marjoram was commonly linked with prophetic dreams in folklore. If a woman were to place a sprig of marjoram on her pillow before falling asleep, it was believed that Aphrodite would appear to her and reveal her future husband.
Both marjoram and oregano were believed to protect against evil when carried, grown in a garden, or placed in a house. People often placed a sprig of marjoram in an amulet to ward off illnesses. Likewise, it was believed to repel ghosts, goblins, spells of witches, and bad spirits when hung over the doorway of a home.
Marjoram Essential Oil Uses
Diluted marjoram oil can be applied to soothe sore muscles, especially after exercising. Diffuse the oil to get relief from respiratory problems; it has a soothing effect on the nervous system. Diluted marjoram oil can be topically applied to relieve the tension from the neck.
Marjoram is botanically known as Origanum majorana and is part of the Lamiaceae (mint) family. Marjoram oil is steam distilled from the leaves of Origanum majorana. Its siblings are Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Sage, and Oregano.
Marjoram Essential Oil Blends
Marjoram essential oil blends well with lavender, clary sage, rose, neroli, grapefruit, and many others.
Marjoram Essential Oil Recipes
Decrease Blood Pressure - Mix ylang-ylang, marjoram, neroli, and lavender.
Mix Marjoram with Eucalyptus Blue and carrier oil of your choosing, then rub onto your chest for an invigorating scent. Remember to breathe deeply.
Make sure to first test your reaction to any essential oil by applying a small amount to a patch of skin to check for allergies.