Marjoram Oil relaxes and soothes the muscle groups, and the nervous and cardiovascular systems of the body.
Remember, muscles also include the colon, diaphragm and the heart. We forget because they work on their own, but sometimes they still need our attention!
Because marjoram oil has antispasmodic properties, it can assist those with asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, constipation or migraine headaches. It unquestionably has some very useful properties.
So, when I think of marjoram essential oil, I definitely associate it with muscle relaxant and support. It is for this reason, that marjoram essential oil is used during Raindrop Technique where it is applied NEAT (undiluted) to the spine.
Did you know that throughout the ages, Marjoram has been called the “joy of the mountains” and the “happiness herb? Yes, emotionally, it is the plant of love and longevity (well, it is, high in antioxidants!).
What is the Genus Species? Origanum majorana
Why is this information important? It is always important to know the genus species of a plant when using and purchasing essential oils.
There are over 30 different species of Marjoram including pot marjoram and wild marjoram. Origanum majorana is sometimes referred to as “Sweet Marjoram”.
Remember, even though species may share some similar properties they are not at all the same, and may not even have medicinal usage. Therefore, just knowing the common name of a plant is usually not enough information.
It has also been reported that Thymus mastichina is often sold under the name marjoram or wild marjoram. So again, do not be confused or mislead by these companies.
Where is the name derived from? Origanum comes from a Greek words “oros” and “ganos” meaning “joy of the mountains”.
Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves
What is the ORAC Value:? 130,900 µTE/100g
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Spinach = 1,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that the Romans called marjoram the “herb of happiness”?
What are the Plant Properties? Antispasmodic, antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-fungal, antiseptic, diuretic, digestive stimulant, arterial vasodilator, diuretic, anti-sexual, expectorant, mucolytic, sedative, tonic, promotes peristalsis.
What are the Documented Benefits of Marjoram and Uses? Arthritis, asthma, blood pressure (regulates), bronchitis, circulatory disorders, colic, cramps, constipation, insomnia, migraines, menopausal problems, rheumatism, reduce water retention, whooping cough, muscular cramps and spasms, aches and pains, sprains.
Kurt Schnaubert, PhD, noted that marjoram essential oil could replace tea tree essential oil if one needed a change from the strong scent of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil).
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It is mentally strengthening and relaxing. Calms the nerves. Spicy scent and woody.
What is the Spiritual Influence? It is interesting that the Greeks and the Romans associated marjoram with not only love and happiness, but also with transition through physical death.
Death is also a metaphor for transformation which is the key here. Therefore, those who are experiencing the opposite feelings such as disconnected, insecure, unsupported can transform those feelings with the assistance of marjoram oil.
As we release negative feelings and we become more balanced, we are able to accept and love ourselves more fully and restore our power to ourselves.
What Chakra is Affected? The heart and solar plexus chakras.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Green.
How do I use it?
Use diluted – 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
• Apply several drops (2-4) on location
• Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
• Directly inhale,
• Diffuse, or
• May be used as a dietary supplement.
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes, however use diluted unless you are using it in the Raindrop Technique for Horses. For Raindrop for Dogs and Cats, the oils are diluted.
The blends I use for the horses are generally for bacterial infections and muscle spasms. The only time I use it NEAT is during an Equine Raindrop Session.
I have read several books indicating that they have used marjoram oil as an anti-sexual remedy for male dogs (un-neutered, of course). It also has a calming and grounding effect for animals, so I could see where it could definitely work.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Marjoram essential oil has no known contraindications. It is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS). It is approved by the FDA for use as a Food Additive (FA).
Pregnant women should use this oil with caution.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that the Greeks associated marjoram with Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, beauty and fertility? A crown of marjoram flowers were made to crown and honor newly married couples!
Did you know that Marjoram is recorded in Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest Egyptian medical texts on record ? Ebers Papyrus dates to about 1550 BC and contains over 700 remedies for almost everything including cancer, asthma and of course, embalming.
Massage a drop or two into tense muscles or to relieve a tension headache.
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