Essential Oil – Marjoram
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Marjoram Essential Oil
Plant/Part Herb/Flowering heads & leaves
Latin Name Origanum Marjorana
Warm, penetrating and slightly spicy.
It is important when buying Marjoram that you always buy this variety which is sweet Marjoram (Origanum Marjorana), as wild Marjoram (Thymus Mastichina) from Spain is of inferior quality. The sweet Marjoram is from France and is a small plant reaching ten inches with small oval leaves and white or pink flowers.
It was a common medicinal herb amongst the ancient Greeks. The used it to treat excess fluid in the tissues and as an antidote against poison. Certainly it was seen as a digestive herb. It was given to newly-weds as a token of good fortune. Yet it was planted in graveyards to help bring peace to the departed spirit.
Has a calming effect on the nervous system, relieving anxiety, stress and perhaps deeper psychological traumas. It strengthens the mind and helps confront issues. May give comfort in times of grief and loneliness since its warming effect on the emotions. Excellent for hyperactive people.
Use for promoting good health, painful muscles, back pain, menstrual pain, rheumatic pain, aches, swollen joints, stiffness. It dilates the arteries and capillaries, allowing easier flow of blood, promoting a feeling of well being and warmth. Beneficial as an after-sports rub. Heart tonic, lowers high blood pressure, helps headaches, migraines and insomnia. Well known for its soothing effect on the digestion and may help with stomach cramps, indigestion, constipation, flatulence, sea-sickness. Has a beneficial effect on chest infections, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, head colds and stuffed up feelings. Has a reputation for quelling sexual desire.
Effect on skin
Clears bruises and promotes flow of blood.
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Lavender, Mandarin, Orange, Rosemary, Rosewood, Tangerine, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang.
Essential Oils to Avoid
Diabetes – Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon
Epilepsy – Eucalyptus, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage
High Blood Pressure – Rosemary
Pregnancy – Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric
Avoid all essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy.
Skin Sensitivity – Black pepper, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Turmeric
Photosensitising Oils – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine
They react to ultraviolet light making the skin more sensitive.
Avoid stimulants after using essential oils, especially alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. An aftercare advice sheet should be available after your first treatment.