Marjoram Essential Oil

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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Immortelle. Who What When Where and Why to use Immortelle

Immortelle.  Who What When Where and Why to use Immortelle

I was introduced to Immortelle last summer, It was a fantastic recommendation and I have incorporated it into my daily skin care routine every morning.  It is silky smooth and has a lot of oils that are known to be fantastic for your skin.  I will typically roll it on the top of my forehead (I have very expressive eyebrows, which results in fine lines along my forehead from raising them, a little too often).  I also use it along the corners of my mouth as well as where there would inevitably be crows feet growing if  I didn’t use it.

I also spend ALL Summer out in the sun.  Not sunbathing (I’ve never been into just lying in the sun, but my face does get a lot of sun from hiking, going fishing and crabbing as well as just being outdoors constantly.  This oil goes on every outdoor trip with me and I love how it nourishes my skin after sun exposure

What is in Immortelle?

The long answer is that it is a couple of things.  The immortelle that I use is a proprietary blend of oils combined by doterra that consists of the following ingredients:

  • Frankincense Resin
  • Hawaiian Sandalwood
  • Lavender Flower
  • Myrrh Gum Resin
  • Helichrysum Flower
  • Rose Flower

This however is not to be confused with the Immortelle essential oil that is Helichrysum italicum which is an essential oil from a single plant.  Be very careful when you are looking for immortelle that you understand what it is and don’t confuse them.

Who should use Immortelle?

The short answer is anyone trying to keep their youthful glow, and I feel like this applies to people of all ages.  It totally sucks when people wait to start taking care of their skin until they are 40, because a lot of damage is already done, and just like everything else in life, it is much easier to maintain something that it is to try and fix it.  In a nutshell the Immortelle blend will do the following things

  • Helps to reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps reduce contributing factors to the appearance of aging skin
  • Helps sustain smoother, more radiant, and youthful-looking skin
  • Helps to beautify the skin
  • There are powerful oils in every drop

When should you use Immortelle?

Well like I just said possible every day for your whole life if you are looking to maintain healthy youthful skin, but here are some daily uses that you could start tomorrow to get your skin on track (and who doesn’t want that right).

  • Apply as part of your morning and night facial routine after toner before serum and moisturizer. The Helichrysum helps to block uv rays according to Dr. Ax, so I add it to my routine because of my sun exposure.  Helichrysum is also an antioxidant Powerhouse, and since oxidation is what causes aging, so I’m totally down with getting as much Helichrysum in my life as I can.
  • Apply topically to reduce the appearance of blemishes.  If you think about it acne is caused by excess oil in a clogged pore which allows bacteria to grow in it, causing redness.  For this reason many of the oils in this blend are great restoring the natural (unclogged) state of the skin because of their antibacterial properties.
  • Apply after a long day at the beach for a soothing sensation it will help nourish your skin
  • Apply under your arms after a sweaty workout or a day in the sun again because of the antibacterial properties, it kills the bacteria that grows in your sweat that causes Body Odor.

Where should you use Immortelle?

I primarily use it on my face and neck because of its ability to make skin glow, but it also has a number of great aromatherapy qualities.  Lavender, Sandalwood and Frankincense are great for relaxing your mind and calming your nerves, so a great place to use it to roll it on the back of your neck, or bottom of your feet.  You could also put it in a diffuser to make your whole house smell delightful.

Why Use Immortelle?

Well that one is easy, because it Rocks, and nobody wants to look their actual age.  Anything that helps me look a couple of years younger is great!

 

So there it is, it is awesome, I hope you get some in your life as soon as possible.

 

Ciao

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