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Marjoram essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of the fresh and dried leaves of Origanum Majorana, a plant that grows at high altitudes in the Mediterranean region.
The Greeks and Romans described marjoram as the ‘Joy of the mountains”. Its nickname stems from its high altitude origins combined with its positively joyful aroma and its ability to relieve stress and anxiety while promoting calm and positivity.
It also offers a number of other health benefits and is one of your more versatile oils.
Some of the more significant benefits of marjoram essential oil are its ability to fortify the cardiovascular and nervous systems, relieve sore muscles, and reduce inflammation of the joints.
Health Benefits of Marjoram Oil
Provides Relief from Pain
Marjoram is a warming oil with strong analgesic properties that help reduce pain and relieve sore muscles.
Marjoram essential oil soothes arthritis-related joint pain by stimulating circulation and reducing inflammation. It also reduces the intensity of the pain associated with headaches, colds, fevers, gastrointestinal disorders, menstruation and menopause, inflammation, and overexertion of muscles. The absence of adverse side effects makes this the preferred pain relief method for many people.
How to use marjoram essential oil for pain:
- Topical application is the most effective way to get marjoram essential oil benefits for pain relief. Mix 2 drops of the oil in a carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil and massage gently over the affected area.
- Mixing a drop of the oil with a carrier oil and massaging the temples is very effective for soothing a throbbing head.
This herb lives up to its “joy of the mountains” nickname. Its aroma has long been valued for its uplifting properties and positive effect on the nervous system.
Inhaling the aroma of marjoram essential oil helps induce calm and relaxation while staving off anxiety and stress. It also fights off feelings of anger and sadness and induces a happy feeling.
How to use marjoram essential oil for stress relief: There are several ways you can get the stress alleviating benefits of marjoram essential oil
- Add a few drops to your diffuser, sit back and inhale the aromas for a few minutes.
- Alternatively, you can use marjoram aromatically by inhaling directly, diffusing throughout the room, or using the cup-and-inhale method. This involves placing a drop of the oil in your palms and rub them together then, cupping your hands over your nose and breathing deeply. Do this for several minutes or until you feel less stressed and more relaxed.
- Add a few drops to your bath water along with a carrier oil and soak in it for at least 25-20 minutes.
- A diluted topical application applied to your chest, the top of your head, and the reflex points work just as well to alleviate stress.
Maintains Healthy Respiratory Function
Marjoram oil is an excellent expectorant. It maintains respiratory health by expelling excess mucus and phlegm from the respiratory tract. Inhaling the aroma of this oil can help if you’re suffering from congestion, cough, cold, or any other respiratory problem.
To get the expectorant benefits of marjoram essential oil, apply the diluted oil topically to the chest and neck a few times a day.
Using the steam method also works very well. Steam two drops of the oil in a pan of boiling water. Remove the boiling water from the heat, pour it into a large curved bowl, form a tent with the towel and the bowl. Place your face inside the tent and inhale deeply.
Helps Fight Insomnia
Marjoram essential oil induces a soothing, calming, and sedative effect on both the mind and body while relieving high levels of nervous stress and anxiety.
Using aromatherapy is the best way to get the benefits of marjoram essential oil to fight insomnia and get a good night’s sleep.
Aromatherapy works extremely well when you want to overcome persistent insomnia and drift off to sleep easily. You can do this by adding a few drops into your favorite diffuser and inhaling in the aromas or soaking in a tub of warm water to which you have added a couple of drops of marjoram oil. Putting a few drops on your pillow before you go off to sleep is a great way to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Prevents Infections in Minor Wounds
Marjoram oil’s antiseptic and antiviral properties make it ideal for treating minor wounds such as scrapes, cuts, bites, or burns.
To treat a minor wound, first wash it in cold running water. Dab gently with a clean cloth to dry the area. Mix a drop of marjoram with a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply gently over the affected area.
Strengthens the Immune System
Marjoram essential oil strengthens the immune system by eliminating toxins and helping the body fight off infections.
The antiviral properties of marjoram essential oil help the body fight off microbes that cause common illnesses such as cold and flu. The warming properties of the oil also encourage sweating, which is another way to expel toxins from the body.
Adding a few drops of marjoram oil in your diffuser and inhaling the aromas will give you the immunity boosting benefits of this oil.
Many cultures have been using marjoram seeds to facilitate digestion for centuries. This strong digestive property of marjoram seeds comes from its essential oils.
Marjoram essential oil promotes digestion in several ways. Its distinctive aroma stimulates the salivary glands, helping in the primary digestion of food in the mouth. It also stimulates the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach. The oil also encourages the peristaltic movement of the intestines, facilitating the smooth flow of the ingested food through the digestive tract and promoting digestion and regular bowel movements.
Marjoram is one of the essential oil approved for internal consumption by the FDA. Still, it should be used with caution, and only after consulting with your doctor.
Safety Precautions When Using Marjoram Essential Oil
Start by buying pure marjoram essential oil only from a reputed brand, especially if you intend to take it internally. My two top recommended brands for pure essential oils are Rocky Mountain Oils and Plant Therapy.
Do not use on children.
Do not use if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not use on pets.
Store the bottle in a cool, dark place.
Overall, this oil is safe to use aromatically, topically and even internally provided that you observe all safety precautions.
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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to serve as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before using any natural medication or if you experience any unusual symptoms. See Full Disclaimer here.