Name: Sweet marjoram oil
Species: Origanum majorana
Method: Steam Distilled
Traditional uses: snoring, calming, reduce stress and anxiety, trauma, mil cramping, arthritis, expectorant for colds, chronic cough, sinuses
Thought to be: analgesic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal, antimicrobial, diuretic, sedative
Marjoram has been used for centuries in folklore as a “love aide” – it is even referenced in one of Shakespeare’s plays. As a fresh herbs it is full of vitamins and minerals. It is especially high in vitamin K, a crucial vitamin that may have a role in treating osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s Disease. Iron, calcium, potassium, copper, zinc, and magnesium are all found in sweet marjoram as well. Tasting somewhat like a subdued version of oregano, it is most commonly used for cooking – either fresh or dried. As an essential oil, it is widely used as an aide or snoring due to its expectorant properties, as well as for rheumatic and arthritic pain. Robert Tisserand suggests using it in bath water to aide relaxation after a stressful day. Aromatherapists will often use marjoram with victims of trauma. It will be interesting to see what other uses people will discover for marjoram in the future.
Cautions: Do not use while pregnant. Do not use before surgery, as marjoram can inhibit blood clotting.
Ways to use:
- Massage: 2.5-5% dilution 15-20 drops in 30mL of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut, sunflower, etc.
- Baths: add 5-6 drops into 1 tsp of honey, milk or carrier oil then add to water.
- Lotion or soaps: add 15-20 drops per 30mL of unscented base.
Blends well with: eucalyptus, lemon, juniper, lavender, frankincense, orange, tea tree.
Components: 45 identified (sabinene, a-terpinene, y-terpinene, Carvacrol, terpinene-4-ol, linalool, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalyl acetate…)
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