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marjoram essential oil

  • Common name:
    Sweet Marjoram
  • Botanical (and family):
    Marjorana hortensis (Also know as Origanum Marjorana). Family Labiatae
  • Distribution:
    Native to Mediterranean, Egypt and North Africa.
  • Description of plant:
    A tender bushy perennial to 60cms with hairy stem, dark green oval leaves and small greyish-white flowers in clusters.
  • Extraction:
    Steam distillation of the dried flowering herb.
  • Charactersitics:
    A pale yellow or pale amber, rather mobile liquid of a warm-spicy, aromatic-camphoraceous and woody odour.
  • Odour effects:
  • Cautions:
    Prolonged use can cause drowsiness. Best not used during pregnancy.
  • Main chemical constituents:
    Linalyl acetate, terpinyl acetate, geranyl acetate - 2%
    Citral - 1%
    Caryophyllene, cadinene - 3%
    Beta-pinene, alpha-terpinene, y-terpinene, p-cymene, myrcene, limonene, ocimene, sabinene - 40%
    Linalool, borneol, alpha-terpineol, terpinen-4-ol - 50%
    Carvacrol, Eugenol - 1%
  • Properties and indications:
    Calms the nervous system, relieving anxiety and perhaps deeper psychological traumas.
    Strengthens the mind, helping to confront issues. May give a feeling of comfort in cases of grief and loneliness, as it has a warming effect on the emotions. Good for hyperactive people.
    Particularly effective for painful muscles, notably in the lower back area. May also help with rheumatic aches and swollen joints, because it dilates arteries and capillaries. A good heart tonic, it seems to lower blood pressure. Relaxing effect helps headaches, migraines and insomnia. Soothing on digestion and may help with stomach cramps, indigestion, constipation, flatulence. Possibly effective against sea-sickness. Beneficial for colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, and asthma. Could be useful in regulating the menstrual cycle. Has a reputation for quelling sexual desire.
    Valuable in clearing bruises.
  • Other uses:
    Used widely in meats, seasonings, sauces, and in perfumery.
  • Blends well with:
    Bergamot, Cedarwood, Camomile, Cypress, Lavender, Mandarin, Orange, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Rosewood Ylang-Ylang.