Originally used in ancient Greek medicine, marjoram’s rich aroma combines warm spices with hints of nutmeg. Thanks to its comforting quality, you’ll often find marjoram used as a massage oil and in muscle rubs.
Marjoram essential oil uses
A close relative of oregano, fresh marjoram is often used in cooking, and the essential oil helps to support a healthy digestive system. Marjoram is often used to relieve digestive issues such as stomach aches, wind and constipation.
Because it’s packed with antioxidants, marjoram essential oil is also used by many who suffer with cardiovascular problems. It’s claimed that inhaling the aroma of marjoram oil can help to lower blood pressure and reduce strain on the heart (never substitute prescribed treatments for a natural remedy and speak to your doctor before trying anything new).
Marjoram has anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s often used to relieve aches and pains in the muscles and reduce tension. Add it to a home massage blend to benefit from its soothing, warm aroma and muscle-penetrating comfort. Why not add a few drops of marjoram oil to your diffuser between massages? Just the scent alone helps to relax the mind and body, so it’s one to turn to in times of stress and strain.
With a medium strength, middle note fragrance, marjoram blends well with other oils, particularly if you need a gentle touch of spice in a homemade blend. Marjoram works well with all citrus oils, as well as clary sage, lavender, chamomile, rosemary and bergamot.
Marjoram essential oil benefits
Aromatherapists around the world recognise marjoram as a powerful natural remedy with benefits for the mind and body. Pure marjoram essential oil helps tight muscles to relax, and its calming scent is great for preparing our minds for a good sleep. Pop it in your bedside diffuser if you’re struggling with insomnia.
Its ability to relax cramps makes marjoram a friend to anyone struggling with period pains. Blend with a carrier oil and gently massage marjoram onto the abdomen in a clockwise direction to ease the aches and pains of the female cycle.
Marjoram is also used to clear blocked sinuses and head colds. Inhale this warm, spicy scent when you need instant relief from congestion. Because marjoram seems to calm the nervous system, inhaling its scent on a tissue can help to keep your cool when under stress. Keep a tissue with a few drops close to hand if you feel you need a little help to balance your emotions while out and about.
Marjoram essential oil often finds its way into homemade skincare products too, thanks to its antimicrobial properties. Marjoram is used to reduce the appearance of acne, add life to a dull complexion and prevent the onset of fine lines.
Marjoram essential facts
|Botanical name||Origanum marjorana|
|Plant part||Flowers and Leaves|
|Colour||Clear light yellow|
|Strength of aroma||Medium|
|Aromatic scent||Spicy and warm, with a hint of nutmeg|