Marjoram Essential Oil - Sweet
Botanical binomial: Majorana hortensis
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Other names: Origanum Majorana, French Marjoram, Moench, Sweet Marjoram
Country of Origin: Egypt
Part of plant used in production: Flowers and leaves
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: A strongly aromatic bushy perennial plant with a hairy stem and dark green oval leaves. The flowers form small whitish-grey clusters.
Characteristics: A yellow to yellow-green essential oil with a warm, woody, spicy-camphoraceous odour.
Properties: Analgesic, anaphrodisiac, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, hypotensive, laxative, nervine, sedative, tonic, vasodilator, vulnerary.
Constituents: Sabinene, terpenine, terpenine, terpinolene, terpinen-4-ol, linalool, limonene.
Uses: Used in many foods and beverages. Also common in fougeres, chypres, colognes and oriental bases for perfumes due to its medicinal-aromatic warmth. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and is therefore beneficial for overcoming grief or loneliness, muscle strains, sprains and spasms, as well as respiratory problems.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Orange, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang.
Interesting Facts: Sweet Marjoram was a very popular medicinal plant among the ancient Greeks. It was used for its soothing, warming and fortifying properties. Marjorams very name suggests joy of the mountains.
Safety: Avoid use during pregnancy. For external use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use.