About Marjoram Essential Oil

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Due to its calming properties and positive effect on the human immune and nervous systems, Marjoram essential oil was once known as a symbol of joy and happiness in ancient times by the Greeks and Romans.

Marjoram is often used in culinary dishes, imparting a unique flavor to soups, stews, dressings, and sauces. In Germany, it is known as the “Goose Herb” for its traditional use in roasting geese.

In modern applications, Marjoram is still highly valued for its calming properties and its positive effect on the nervous system. It also supports both healthy cardiovascular and immune systems. When used as an inhalant or in aromatherapy, marjoram essential oil works very well for individuals suffering from difficulties relaxing in bed and getting to sleep.

Marjoram oil is made from the steam distillation of the flowering parts of the marjoram plant, a cousin of oregano, which has the scientific name Origanum Marjorana. There are over 30 different species of Marjoram including pot marjoram and wild marjoram. Origanum majorana is sometimes referred to as “Sweet Marjoram”. Also known as “wintersweet” or “the happiness herb” (Romans called it this) or “joy of the mountains” (Origanum comes from a Greek words “oros” and “ganos” meaning “joy of the mountains”).

It is a yellow-green essential oil and has a warm, spicy, woody, and camphoraceous scent that reminds you of nutmeg and cardamom.

Originally native to the Mediterranean regions and North America, today sweet marjoram is widely cultivated for the large-scale commercial production of its essential oil in Egypt, France, Germany, Tunisia, Spain, and more recently, the United States.

Common Uses

  • Apply to the back of the neck to lessen feelings of stress.
  • Apply to a fussy child’s feet prior to a nap.
  • Replace Marjoram essential oil in your next recipe that calls for dried Marjoram.
  • Usually, 1 drop of essential oil is equivalent to 2 tsp. of dried herbs.
  • Apply to muscles before and after exercising.

Directions for Use

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best essential oil diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.

Primary Benefits

  • Valued for its calming properties and positive effect on the nervous system
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • May promote a healthy cardiovascular system
  • It relaxes tense muscles after exercise

Aromatic Description: Warm, herbaceous, woody
Collection Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Leaf
Main Constituents: Terpinen-4-ol, sabinene hydrate, γ-terpinene