- Valued for its calming properties and positive effect on the nervous system when taken internally*
- Supports a healthy immune system when consumed*
- May promote a healthy cardiovascular system when ingested
Aromatic Description: Warm, herbaceous, woody
Collection Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Leaf
Main Constituents: Terpinen-4-ol, trans-sabinene hydrate, γ-terpinene
About Marjoram Essential Oil
Sweet marjoram is native to the Mediterranean region, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. The essential oil of sweet marjoram is obtained by the steam distillation of the dried leaves and flowers of the plant; it has a warm, woody, spicy-camphoraceous aroma with a herbaceous undertone. The chemical components of marjoram essential oil include pinene, sabinene, camphor, borneol and origanol.
Marjoram Essential Oil Profile
Herbaceous, sweet, woody, with a delicate floral characteristic.
How to use Marjoram Essential Oil
Sweet marjoram essential oil is analgesic, calming, expectorant, anti-infectious, antiseptic, anti-viral, digestive, sedative, diuretic, bactericidal and a tonic. It can be used in the treatment of migraines, arthritis, headaches, respiratory infections, sinusitis, insomnia, anxiety, nervous depression, asthma, bronchitis, colds, constipation, flatulence, grief, menstrual difficulties (including PMT) and stress.
Interesting Marjoram Essential Oil Information
Sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana) is a popular European herb that has been used for centuries; it was common in many 17th century English country gardens and waysides. The ancient Greeks used marjoram in cosmetics, fragrances and medicines; Greek physicians also used it as an antidote to poison. In ancient Egypt, marjoram was known for its healing properties and was also used to aid grieving. In 16th century Europe, sweet marjoram was used in bags to scent the bath water and was also used for washing.
Safety Considerations for Marjoram Essential Oil
Sweet marjoram essential oil is non-irritating, non-toxic and non-sensitizing; some sources cite against its use in pregnancy. However, Shirley and Len Price write in Aromatherapy for Health Professionals that there is no conclusive evidence in French aromatherapy studies that prove sweet marjoram oil is an emmenogogic oil. Sweet marjoram oil is also cautioned against for use with children under twelve years of age. Due to its sedative properties, marjoram should not be used for a prolonged length of time as it may cause drowsiness.
Sweet marjoram should also not be confused with Spanish marjoram, which is a variety of thyme with different aromatic properties and uses. As with the use of all essential oils, professional advice should be taken if unfamiliar with the use of essential oils and the practice of aromatherapy.