Its fresh, warm, and slightly woody aroma reflects the meaning of marjoram’s botanical name: joy of the mountain. This popular herb has been used therapeutically for centuries. Ancient Greeks used it to calm muscle spasms, relieve excess fluid in the tissues, and also as an antidote to poison. Greek women also used an oil made with marjoram on their heads as a relaxant. In 16th century Europe, the herb was scattered on the floors of rooms everywhere to mask unpleasant smells. Today, while marjoram may be best known for lending a unique flavor to foods, it’s also a favorite of aromatherapists everywhere. With therapeutic value to win challenges from ailments like anxiety and high blood pressure, marjoram is a valuable and pleasing aromatic to have on hand.
Anxiety, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, bruises, chillblains, colds, coughs, digestive problems (flatulence, constipation, indigestion), grief, headaches, high blood pressure, hyperactivity, insomnia, lumbago, menstrual cramps, migraines, muscular aches and stiffness, premenstrual syndrome, nervous tension, rheumatism, seasickness, sprains and stress.
Essential Oil Applications:
For anxiety, grief, hyperactivity, insomnia, nervous tension, and stress, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser, or add 8-10 drops in bath water before bedtime.
For arthritis, lumbago, muscular aches and stiffness, rheumatism, and sprains, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage affected areas. Can also be used in a hot or cold compress as needed.
For asthma, bronchitis, colds, and coughs, use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and rub on chest and throat. Can also use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation.
For bruises or chillblains, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and dab on area. Can also be used neat, but just on affected area. (Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils. Read and follow instructions for use carefully.)
For digestive problems, like constipation, indigestion, and flatulence, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on back.
For high blood pressure, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and use in a full- body massage. Can also use 8-10 drops in a bath.
For headaches and migraines, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on temples and neck. Can also be used in a hot or cold compress.
For menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on lower abdomen and lower back. Can also be used as a hot compress, or use 8-10 drops in bath water.
For seasickness, use 2-3 drops on a handkerchief; inhale periodically.
Mixes Well With:
Fresh and dried leaves and flowering tops.
Avoid if pregnant. Not suitable for small children. If diagnosed with depression, do not use as it has a strong, sedative effect. Excessive use may cause drowsiness.
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