Origanum majorana

Botanical Family: Labiatae (mint)

Extraction Method: Steam distilled from leaves

Common Primary Uses: Arterial Vasodilator, Arthritis, Bone Spurs, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cartilage Injury, Colic, Constipation, Cramps/Charley Horses, Croup, Expectorant, High Blood Pressure, Muscle Aches, Muscle Fatigue, Muscle Spasms, Muscle Tone, Muscular Dystrophy, Neuralgia, Osteoarthritis, Pancreatitis, Parkinson’s Disease, Physical Stress, Prolapsed Mitral Valve, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sprains, Stiffness, Tendinitis, Tension (Muscle), Whiplash (Muscles)

Common Application Methods: Marjoram oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply to reflex points and directly on area of concern.

Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Place 1–2 drops under the tongue, or take in a capsule. Use as a flavoring in cooking.

Properties: Antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antisexual, antispasmodic, arterial vasodilator, digestive stimulant, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, and tonic.

Historical Uses: Marjoram was used to combat poisoning, fluid retention, muscle spasms, rheumatism, sprains, stiff joints, bruises, obstructions of the liver and spleen, and respiratory congestions. According to Roberta Wilson, “Those curious about their futures anointed themselves with marjoram at bedtime so that they might dream of their future mates.”

French Medicinal Uses: Aches, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, colic, constipation, cramps, insomnia, intestinal peristalsis, migraine headaches, muscles, neuralgia, pains, parasympathetic nervous system (tones), blood pressure (regulates), rheumatism, sprains.

Other Possible Uses: Marjoram oil may be relaxing and calming to the muscles that constrict and sometimes contribute to headaches. It may help anxiety, boils, bruises, burns, carbuncles, celibacy (vow not to marry), colds, cold sores, cuts, fungus and viral infections, hysteria, menstrual problems, calm the respiratory system, ringworm, shingles, shock, sores, relieve spasms, sunburns, and water retention.

Body System(s) Affected: Cardiovascular System, Muscles and Bones.

Aromatic Influence: Marjoram promotes peace and sleep.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Marjoram oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Safety Data: Use with caution during pregnancy.

Blend Classification: Enhancer and Equalizer.

Blends With: Bergamot, cypress, lavender, orange, rosemary, and ylang ylang.