Marjoram essential oil helps support a healthy cardiovascular and immune system when taken internally. In aromatherapy, marjoram helps promote a calming atmosphere and has a positive effect on the nervous system. A steam distillation process of the plant’s leaves yields the warm, herbaceous, and woody essential oil.
However, marjoram is probably best known for its ability to spice foods. The herbaceous flavoring of marjoram oil can spice up stews, dressings, soups, and meat dishes. Marjoram essential oil is also a unique cooking additive.
Marjoram Essential Oil History
Marjoram is indigenous to Cyprus and southern Turkey. To the Greeks and Romans, marjoram was a symbol of happiness. The ancient Greeks used marjoram as a natural treatment for many ailments believing it would help heal the body from poison, convulsions, and edema.
In Germany, marjoram is known as the “Goose Herb” for its traditional use in roasting geese. Also known as “wintersweet” or “joy of the mountains,” marjoram was once believed to help nurture love. It was often added to food to promote civility and love.
The sweet fragrance of marjoram made it popular for placing around homes for its sweet aroma. A young woman would place marjoram under her pillow at night believing that the herb would help reveal her future husband while she was dreaming. Today, many consider it good fortune and happiness to have marjoram growing by a grave.
Marjoram Essential Oil Uses
Today, marjoram is valued for its calming properties and its positive effect on the nervous system when used internally. It also supports both healthy cardiovascular and immune systems when ingested. Other uses of marjoram include:
- Diffuse, or inhale directly from the bottle for a calming and positive effect on the nervous system.
- Apply to muscles before and after exercising.
- Add to favorite massage oils for targeting tired, stressed muscles.
- Rub onto a fussy child’s feet prior to a nap.
- Apply to the back of the neck to lessen feelings of stress.
- Taken internally to help promote healthy cardiovascular system function.
- Promotes healthy immune function.
- Use in a recipe that calls for dried Marjoram (one drop of essential oil is equivalent to two teaspoons of dried herbs).
Tunisian researchers found that marjoram essential oil inhibits enzymes that degrade acetylcholine, a chemical in the body responsible for muscular contraction and other neurologic structures. While scientists wait for further investigation, the findings add to a growing body of research suggesting the use of essential oils is important to maintaining neurological health.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse marjoram essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fluid ounces of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and swallow with water.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep marjoram essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using Marjoram oil.