Sweet Marjoram essential oil has a warm, woody, spicy and mildly camphoraceous aroma. It has a warming, soothing and fortifying effect and is most commonly used as an analgesic and nervous sedative.
Marjoram is a bushy herb native to Mediterranean regions. The herb has oval leaves and small white flowers and has a long tradition in culinary use and as a ‘folk’ remedy. It was used by the ancient Greeks in fragrances, cosmetics and medicines (its original name comes from a greek word meaning ‘joy of the mountains’). It was used in mediaeval Europe too, as a ‘strewing herb’, and in brewing before the advent of hops. They also used it medicinally to relieve pain and promote good health.
Sweet Marjoram essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the herb’s leaves and the flowering tops, with the main geographical sources being France, Spain, Hungary and Egypt.
In modern aromatherapy Sweet Marjoram essential oil is considered to have warming, soothing and fortifying properties. It has an affinity with the joints and muscles and the respiratory system as well as a soothing effect on the mind and body.
Species: Origanum majorana
Plant family: Lamiaceae
Extraction method: Steam distilled
Sweet Marjoram essential oil can help to improve circulation and the appearance of grey, cold skin.
Sweet Marjoram oil has a calming effect on the emotions and can help with nervous anxiety, fear, grief, low self- esteem, night wakings or restlessness. It is a popular essential oil to use before bed.
Sweet Marjoram essential oil is most commonly used as an analgesic – especially for muscular, rheumatic and arthritic pain. It also has muscle relaxant properties which are beneficial for cramps and spasms. Also good for respiratory problems such as coughs, colds, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis.
Blends well with:
Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cypress, Fennel, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rosemary and Tea Tree.
Geraniol 0.3%, Limonene 5%, Linalool 0.3%