Description: Marjoram is derived from the plant – a bushy perennial growing up to 60cm in height with a hairy stem, dark green oval leaves and small whitish flowers found in clusters. The entire plant is extremely aromatic.
Common Uses: Assists the respiratory system, anti-spasmodic, promotes intestinal peristalsis, expectorant, digestive stimulant, migraine headaches, arthritis, muscular aches and stiffness, sprains, bruises (may drain blood from bruises and speed healing), gas, sinusitis, chronic fatigue syndrome and strains. It is anti-infectious, antibacterial, and tones the parasympathetic nervous system. Assists with circulatory disorders, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, colic, colds, PMS, constipation, headache, may dilate blood vessels (reducing the strain on heart) and hypertension. Also, insomnia, nervous tension, lowering blood pressure, cramps, pain, menstrual problems, arterial vasodilator, and sedative. Warming and comforting, Marjoram can be massaged into the abdomen during menstruation, or added to a warm compress. It is also useful for treating tired aching muscles, and is perfect for use in a sports massage. A few drops on a vaporizer will also encourage sleep, and a few drops can be added to a warm/hot bath at the first signs of a cold. It can also be used in masculine, oriental, and herbal-spicy perfumes and colognes.
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Blends well with: Orange, Lavender, Rosewood, Frankincense, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Clary Sage, Basil, Thyme, Cypress, Chamomile, and spices like Nutmeg.
Aromatic Scent: Marjoram Sweet has a warm and spicy aroma, with a hint of nutmeg.
History: Marjoram was very popular and a common medicinal plant among the ancient Greeks. The name itself originates from a Greek word meaning “Joy of the Mountains”.
Cautions: Marjoram is generally non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy.