Marjoram Essential Oil

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What about Marjoram Essential Oil?

Latin Name:

Origanum majorana There are over 30 different species of Marjoram and it is sometimes referred to as "Sweet Marjoram". It is closely related to Oregano but unlike Oregano, Marjoram is not considered a "hot oil".

Remember, even though species may share some similar chemical constituents they are not at all the same. Therefore, just knowing the common name of a plant is usually not enough information. It has also been reported that Thymus mastichina is often sold under the name marjoram or wild marjoram.

Where does it grow indigenously?

Marjoram is indigenous to Cyprus and southern Turkey, and was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness. Today, it is commonly found in the Mediterranean region or grown in gardens around the world.

What has been the historical use?

In its varied forms of: Marjoram essential oil, fresh or dried Marjoram leaves, or Marjoram powder (ground up Marjoram), it has many uses. As a culinary additive, it is commonly used to flavor soups, sauces, salads, and meat dishes.

Cosmetically, Marjoram is used in skin cream, body lotion, shaving gel, and bath soaps.

Main Chemical Component:

Terpinen-4-ol, sabinene hydrate, γ-terpinene

What are the benefits of this essential oil?

  • Valued for its calming properties and positive effect on the nervous system
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • May promote a healthy cardiovascular system
  • Used for digestive support, respiratory support, stress, and to aid sleeping.

How do I use this essential oil?


When cooking, and your recipe calls for dried Marjoram, use the “toothpick method” to substitute Marjoram essential oil instead.

Toothpick Method: Put a clean toothpick inside the bottle of Marjoram essential oil and then swirl it through your recipe. Because essential oils are 50 to 70 times more potent than dried herbs, one drop of the oil may overpower your recipe.

Best Pain Reliever Ever!

Starts working in 20-30 minutes and lasts for several hours!

This is best in empty veggie caps that you can get from the company or from a health food store, but I’ve known people who put the oils in a little water and swallow them. It tastes like you are swallowing weeds, but the benefit is amazing!

Original Recipe:

6 drops Marjoram

6 drops Frankincense

Unlike other options to relieve pain, this does not have negative side effects, is not sedating, does not cause constipation, is not toxic to your liver. Repeat as needed.

Variation #1

6 drops Oregano

6 drops Frankincense

(Oregano can only be taken for 14 days before it starts to have a negative impact on gut organisms)

Variation #2

4 drops Marjoram

4 drops Frankincense

4 drops Lemongrass

Topically: Apply topically with a carrier oil.

  • Apply to the back of the neck to lessen feelings of stress
  • Apply to a fussy child’s feet prior to a nap.
  • Apply to muscles before and after exercising. It can be used as a gentle rub for muscle aches, swollen joints, bruises, sprains, and arthritis. It helps relax muscles and even helps soothe menstrual cramps. Dilute marjoram and apply to the desired area.
  • To strengthen the immune system, dilute and apply to the chest area when you start to feel not quite right.
  • Marjoram, like most essential oils, helps clear the body of toxins.
  • It dilates the arteries and improves circulation to the extremities.

Peaceful Child Blend (a wonderful calming blend for children and adults!)

(made in a 10 ml rollerball bottle)

80 drops Vetiver

30 drops Ylang Ylang

20 drops Frankincense

15 drops Clary Sage

10 drops Marjoram

30 drops of Lavender if desired (this is a new option)

Fill with Fractionated Coconut Oil and allow mix to blend for several hours before using.

Apply to soles of the feet, back of neck, temples.

Stop Snoring Homemade Massage Oil Recipe

8 drops Lavender essential oil

4 drops Marjoram essential oil

3 drops Lemon essential oil

1/4 cup carrier oil of your choice.

Combine all ingredients in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle. (I recommend using one with an oil or lotion dispenser cap so it's harder to spill.)

Wait at least 24 hours after blending to let the massage oil 'cure'. Remember to keep the bottle in a cool dark place. Use within three months.

To use, gently rub a little of the massage oil onto the upper chest, neck and the bones behind the ears.

Soothing Blend to Elevate Mood

8 drops Lavender essential oil

8 drops Grapefruit essential oil

2 drops Marjoram essential oil

1 drop Chamomile essential oil

1 drop Geranium essential oil

Blend with 1 T of carrier oil and apply to back of neck, temples and soles of feet.

Constipation Relief Massage Blend

1 drop Black Pepper essential oil

1 drop Lavender essential oil

1 drop Marjoram essential oil

Blend with 1 T of carrier oil. Massage back, neck and shoulders and then give a gentle massage over the lower abdomen using clockwise circular movements.

Headache Relief Massage Blend

2 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Marjoram essential oil

1 drop Peppermint essential oil

Blend with 1 T of carrier oil Give a firm massage to temples, upper back, neck and shoulders.

Muscle Soothing Bath

3 drops Marjoram essential oil

5 drops Grapefruit essential oil

2 drops Rosemary essential oil

1 C Epsom Salts

Add oils to the Epsom Salts and then add warm water. (This allows the oils to be dispersed though out the bathwater instead of floating on top.)

Soak in the bath for 15-20 minutes inhaling the vapors.

Do not get bath water in your eyes as it will sting.

Sleep-inducing Massage Oil

2 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Marjoram essential oil

1 drop Vetiver essential oil

Blend with T carrier oil and give a gentle, soothing massage to temples, back of neck and soles of feet.

Joint Support Blend: Mix one drop of each Marjoram, Lavender, Peppermint and rub into affected areas.

Soothing Linen Spray: Combine two cups water one tsp. baking soda and 15 drops of Marjoram and Lavender essential oil to a spray bottle. Spray on sheets and linens to help get more restful sleep.

Aromatically: add a couple of drops to a diffuser or breathe in the aroma from the bottle.

You can diffuse marjoram to assist with respiratory support. Add a bit of peppermint or lemon essential oil for a more pleasant fragrance.

Stress Relief Diffuser Blend

1 drop Marjoram

2 drops Ylang Ylang

3 drops Clary Sage

4 drops Lavender

Sleep Blend #1 Diffuser Blend

1 drop Marjoram

2 drops Cedarwood

3 drops Bergamot

Sleep Blend # 2 Diffuser Blend

2 drops Marjoram

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Vetiver

Sleep Blend #3 Diffuser Blend

2 drops Marjoram

2 drops Lavender

2 drops Cedarwood

Sleep Blend #4 Diffuser Blend

3 drops Marjoram

2 drops Patchouli

4 drops Lavender

Blends Well With:

Marjoram essential oil blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca and Orange.

Emotional Benefits:

Emotionally, Marjoram is thought to relate to the heart center and help you build healthy relationships with others. In this way it may also be good for anyone with trust issues, who struggles to let others in or has their guard up (unnecessarily), or who might feel distant or cold to others. It may help you to feel safe sharing your heart with others. Marjoram is used to help calm obsessive, negative and racing thoughts. It can also assist with curbing emotional cravings.

Marjoram Oil has emotionally stabilizing properties that lift depression, calm anxiety, lift the heaviness of grief due to loss, and make even the most devastating breakups more bearable. Irritability caused by external stimuli is greatly reduced with marjoram, which was revered by the Ancient Greeks and Romans for its power to invoke peace and happiness.

Marjoram helps those who feel emotionally unstable or are prone to hysteria, depression, shock, or irritability, especially due to outside stimulus. The old texts say it works so well that overuse deadens the emotions. Modern aromatherapists use marjoram to ease insomnia, grief, loneliness, rejection, and ‘broken hearts.


Use with caution when pregnant.

Has vasodilator properties and may cause a decrease in blood pressure.

Dilute down to 10% or more if you have sensitive skin or are using with a child. Marjoram may cause drowsiness so be mindful when driving, etc.

Other Links:

On*, there are 346 published clinical studies about the use of Origanum majorana Essential Oil.

AromaticScience has multiple studies about the effectiveness of Marjoram Essential Oil:

* PubMed comprises over 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLiNE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources.

An Important Message about Quality!

Many companies sell this essential oil under the generic name Frankincense and offer their oils at a significantly lower price than companies that offer genuine pure essential Frankincense. The companies with inexpensive bottles of Frankincense essential oil even label them "pure", but some of those oils have been shown to be diluted with inferior oils and even with turpentine!

Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation for terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil.

A good brand should follow these guidelines:

· Proper plant varieties

· Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant

· Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc.

· Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties

· Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules

· Third-party testing of every batch

· Stand behind the internal use of their oils

The largest organ in your body is your skin.

Anything applied to your skin is absorbed into your body.

Anything inhaled, is also absorbed into your body.

If a bottle of essential oil states “external use only”, do you really want that impacting the cells of your body through absorption?

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About me...

Hi! My name is Pamela Swamy and in August of 2015, it will be 2 years since I was first introduced to essential oils.

As a registered nurse, I was initially highly skeptical of essential oils but over time have personally experienced amazing responses from using them. Essential oils can be used for so much more than their fragrance and there are many online resources where you can find more information. Some of that information I will be sharing here.

It is important to note that before using any essential oils, you want to know for sure they are safe and pure enough to be taken internally. There are NO regulatory standards and the labels don't always state what is actually inside the bottles.

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