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Using marjoram essential oil in herbal medicine and aromatherapy

Sweet marjoram is a well known herb used in the kitchen to flavor various culinary dishes. Marjoram essential oil, a powerful medicine, is extracted by steam distillation from the leaves and flowering tops of the plants. It has a warm, slightly spicy scent that is very useful in aromatherapy.

Marjoram essential oil is used to treat headaches, migraines, spasms, nervous ticks, sore throat, colds, bronchitis, asthma, menstrual pain, insomnia, fungal infections, acne, toothache, constipation, flatulence, indigestion, upset stomach, dizziness, and circulation problems.

The oil is mildly analgesic, strongly aromatic, and has a beneficial effect on the female system. It regulates the menstrual cycles and helps stop cramps. It is the most sedative of all essential oils and can give a restful night’s sleep to insomniacs.

Marjoram essential oil is calming and warming. It is especially useful when helping the elderly overcome chills due to cold weather and poor circulation.

Marjoram essential oil can be used a gentle rub for muscle aches, swollen joints, bruises, sprains, and arthritis. Always dilute with a good cold pressed carrier oil such as olive oil, almond oil, safflower oil, or walnut oil.

Marjoram essential oil calms the central nervous system and is sometimes used to treat motion sickness. Marjoram essential oil relaxes the body and comforts the mind. It is used in aromatherapy to relieve anxiety, stress, and deep emotional trauma.

Marjoram can be used to treat hyperactivity although it should not be used in excess or for long periods of time. Marjoram can slow the mental process and delay learning abilities if abused. Due to its relaxing properties, marjoram is known to diminish sexual desire.

Marjoram, like most essential oils, helps clear the body of toxins. Marjoram essential oil dilates the arteries and improves circulation to the extremities. It is sometimes used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions. Marjoram essential oil is also used to clear mucus from the chest and lungs.

Marjoram essential oil is derived from the “Origanum Marjorana” shrub. Originally from the Mediterranean region, the word "Origanum" comes from the Greek word 'orosganos' meaning “Joy of the Mountain” and was given to newlyweds as a token of good fortune. According to mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, picked marjoram on Mount Ida to heal the wounds of Enea. Marjoram was often used by the Greeks in medicines and perfumes.

Use marjoram essential oil in bath, massage, creams, lotions, and steam inhalations. For best results combine with lavender, cedar wood, cypress, chamomile, bergamot, eucalyptus, or tea tree essential oils.

* Avoid marjoram essential oil if pregnant and do not use on babies or small children. Excessive use can cause extreme drowsiness. Keep all essential oils away from the eyes. Do not take essential oils internally without consulting a qualified professional. Always dilute essential oils with good carrier oil and test on small area of skin before use. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.