Marjoram

Origanum vulgaris

Marjoram essential oil is wonderfully versatile due to its many properties. The oil is steam distilled from the fresh or dried leaves and flowers. Besides being used for cooking, this tasty Mediterranean herb has so many medicinal benefits as an essential oil.

Marjoram oil is an excellent digestive. Besides the delicious smell which certainly gets the salivary and digestive juices going, used in a massage blend and massaged into the tummy in a clockwise motion, the oil stimulates the peristaltic movement of the intestines, helping to move food through the digestive tract. Marjoram will also help relax the abdominal muscles, easing spasm, flatulence and stomach pain.

Marjoram oil also has diuretic properties meaning that it will increase the frequency and quantity of urination, helping remove excess water, sodium, uric acid and other toxins from the body. Remember to drink more water to help facilitate a detox process and also to prevent dehydration.

Used in a massage blend, Marjoram oil helps stimulate circulation, relieving muscle spasms, cramps and pulled muscles. Add two drops of Marjoram, a drop of Rosemary, a drop of Black Pepper and two drops of Lavender to 10ml of a carrier oil for an effective muscle massage oil.

A blend of two drops of Roman Chamomile, two drops of Lavender and two drops of Marjoram in 10ml of carrier oil will help for Restless Leg Syndrome which so many people struggle with. Add these same oils into a cup of Epsom salts, pour into a warm bath and relax in the bath for twenty minutes to help promote relaxation.

Marjoram oil has antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties, making it helpful in a humidifier or diffuser in rooms or homes of convalescents. It will help ease sinusitis, colds, bronchitis, asthma and headaches. Add a drop of Marjoram and a drop of Lavender to 5ml carrier oil and use to massage into the neck, bottom of the skull and into the temples to help relieve a headache. A drop of Basil essential oil added to this blend is also helpful.

Marjoram oil is an emmenagogue, which means it will help stimulate menstrual flow. It is therefore not good to use during pregnancy.

Marjoram may cause hypersensitivity and allergic reaction as with most essential oil, therefore it is best to do a patch test on a small area of skin to see how you will react, before using or applying it topically. If you’re unsure about the use of any essential oil, please consult a qualified aromatherapist.

Marjoram blends well with Bergamot, Basil, Cedarwood, Cypress, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Orange,