Marjoram - Origanum marjorana

Adding some of the dried leaves to your bathwater will relieve grief...

Origanum marjorana

Note: Middle – 18

Parts Used: flowers and leaves of plant

Source: steam distillation of the dried flowers of the bushy herb native to the Mediterranean region, Egypt, and North Africa. Most of the oil is produced in France, Morocco, Egypt and Germany.

Description and Odor Effect: a pale yellow liquid with a warm and spicy aroma. Its odor effect is warming and calming and is reputed to quell sexual desire.

Nature: warming, soothing

Blends well with: bergamot, lavender, cedarwood, cypress, chamomile, rosemary, eucalyptus, orange

Physical Uses: Marjoram is used to treat a variety of problems, including anxiety, arthritis, asthma, constipation, insomnia, high blood pressure, menstrual problems, headache, migraines and rheumatism. It is an analgesic for bruises, sprains, joint and muscle pain, respiratory problems, colds, cough and bronchitis.

Mental and Emotional Uses: Marjoram relieves nervous tension, grief, mental fatigue/strain, overwork. It is an excellent sedative oil, combats fears, depression, and a good anaphrodisiac (overly lustful sexual impulses to more tender, gentle feelings).

Marjoram helps to unify the two sides of the brain.

Caution: Avoid during pregnancy. Marjoram is stupefying in large doses - highly sedative - use sparingly

The warm spicy aroma of Marjoram has strong sedative and relaxant properties which can ease stress and insomnia; warming qualities soothe muscle aches and pains. Clearing as an inhalant.

Therapeutic Uses: analgesic, anaphrodisiac, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antistress, antitussive, antiviral, calmative, carminative, cephalic, cordial, decongestant, detoxifier, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, galactagogue, hypotensor, laxative, nervine, restorative, sedative, stomachic, tonic (heart), vasodilator (arterial), vulnerary, warming

Applications: massage oil, bath, vaporization, inhalations, perfume, warm compress (muscle aches) cold compress (bruises)

Keyword: Sedative

Marjoram Magic: Violets and marjoram, mixed together, are worn during the winter months as an amulet against colds.

Sweet Marjoram Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To nurture the spirit during emotional stress:

  • 4 drops Sweet Marjoram
  • 4 drops Linaloe Wood
  • 2 drops Neroli
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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