Valued for its calming properties, Marjoram is commonly found in kitchens all over the world. It’s herbaceous, spicy scent affects the Respiratory, Nervous, and Cardiovascular systems. In some areas, Marjoram is referenced a “joy of the mountains” or “wintersweet”. Steam distilled from the leaves, this oils therapeutic benefits have a calming effect on the body and soothes overworked muscles.
The French have used Marjoram for colic, cramps, rheumatism, insomnia, sprains, asthma, migraine headache, blood pressure, and bronchitis. Others have used it for liver and spleen obstructions, poisoning, or fluid retention.
Marjoram can be consumed not only in cooking, but diluted with 1 tsp of honey or 4 oz of water, 1-2 drop under the tongue, or in a capsule. When applied topically, it does not need to be diluted and can be applied directly to are of concern or reflex points. If you are pregnant, use with caution. When diffused or inhaled directly, it’s spicy and herbaceous aroma promotes feeling of peace and sleepiness. It blends well with Orange, Cypress, Rosemary, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, and Lavender. When it is combined it enhances and balances the properties of the other oils.