Marjoram essential oil is new to me, but I am always curious about oils I don’t already have and I opened it and LOVE it….. It has a mild herbal scent that has clean, sweet undertones. It is delightful, which is why I have 2 drops bergamot, 2 drops marjoram and 2 drops lavender in my diffuser right how. This combo was recommended by one of my books, which says this blend has historically been used to create a very relaxing and soothing environment. I’m sure you could dilute it in a roller ball and use it topically as well, so long as the area you apply it to isn’t exposed to direct sunlight. It smells so great and is very relaxing.
In ancient Egypt marjoram was used to heal, disinfect, and preserve. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was said to have cherished this herb. The Greek name “Marjoram” translates to “joy of the mountain,” and it was used to make wreaths and garlands for weddings and funerals. It already sounds great, right?
Marjoram Origanum morjorana has a variety of health benefits including stimulating the digestives system’s ability to move waste through the body (peristalsis), but conversely can help soothe intestinal spasms (Tisserand, p252). Because of its anti bacterial, antiseptic, and anti-infectious properties, it is also often used as a substitute for Oregano Essential oil, although it has a more refined scent.
Tisserand goes on to explain that while not a disease, clergymen used marjoram to control excessive sexual impulses for many years and used it in asylums for orphans to control excessive masturbation and nymphomania, especially when associated with hysteria or anxiety. I like to think we all have a history, but who knew I was going to come across that while researching lovely smelling essential oils today?! I guess a practical modern application would be to diffuse this in your teenager’s room if you feel like they is “too busy” in there.
This historical practice documented by Tisserand is substantiated by Margaret Ann Lembo (p209) where she describes the mental uses as “relaxing the body enough to release the grasp on repetitive and/or negative thoughts associated with fears, phobias , and obsessions. Sweet marjoram also helps you to speak your truth with love and beauty.” Interesting!
This pubmed article shows that a mixture of marjoram, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint diluted in a carrier oil comprised of almond oil, apricot oil and jojoba oil, reduced pain in the arthritic group and reduced depression in both the control group and the study group. That’s great news.
Additionally this pubmed article shows that a blend of essential oils including marjoram, Black Pepper, Lavender and Peppermint may help neck pain by improving pain tolerance of the trapezius muscles after applying a cream comprised of 3% Essential Oil Solution.
Key Benefits of Marjoram Essential Oil Organum Majorana
- Relaxes Tense Muscles
- Aids the digestive system
- Lessens cramps and spasms
- Boosts skin health
- Relaxes the mind and clams nerves
- Benefits the Respiratory system
- Boosts Immune System
Here is a night-care oil for normal to oily skin that many people rave about.
- 10 drops juniper berry
- 15 drops petitgrain
- 5 droops frankincense
- 5 drops marjoram
- 10 drops orange
Mix the oils in a container and then add the following to that mixture:
- 10 drops rosehip seed oil
- 10 drops blueberry seed oil
- 5 drops evening primrose seed oil
Put 2-3 drops of this mixture in each 5ml roller ball topped off with hazelnut oil. Apply a small amount of that mixture to your dampened face and neck at night, avoiding the eyes. After a few minutes dab with a tissue to remove excess oil. Enjoy!
Contraindications: Avoid use during pregnancy.
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