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Marjoram Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits and Precautions

Marjoram essential oil (Origanum majorana) is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant. It has been used historically for both physical ailments and spiritual rituals. It can be used in food flavorings (only a teeny, tiny bit is needed!), as well as to complement your health supplements. The aroma is interesting to me. From the bottle, it smells herbaceous and a little spicy, but diffused smells so much sweeter to my nose.

It's primarily used to promote the cardiovascular, muscular, and structural systems of the body, and has a calming affect on the mind. Studies have even found it to relieve discomfort, hypertensive, and more.

Primary Benefits

  • Calms the nervous system
  • Soothes tired, stressed muscles
  • Supports a healthy respiratory system
  • Benefits the cardiovascular system

Emotional Benefits

Emotionally, it's thought to relate to the heart center and help you build healthy relationships with others. In this way it may also be good for anyone with trust issues, who struggles to let others in or has their guard up (unnecessarily), or who might feel distant or cold to others. It may help you to feel safe sharing your heart with others.

Complimentary Oils

Marjoram essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Cypress, Lavender, and Wild Orange. Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Oregano, Lemongrass, and Rosemary.

How to Use Marjoram Essential Oil

Traditionally, marjoram essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

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Precautions of Marjoram Essential Oil

Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Popular Uses of Marjoram Essential Oil

  • Dilute 1-2 drops and apply to the back of the neck to lessen tension and stress.
  • Diffuse before going to bed for a better night’s sleep or add to a cotton ball and place near your pillow.
  • 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.
  • Diffuse to promote healthy respiratory function.
  • Massage 1-2 drops over the area or into the reflex points of the feet 1-2 times a day to help cardiovascular support within the body.

Inspiration for Using Marjoram Essential Oil

Soothing Linen Spray: Combine two cups water one tsp. baking soda and 15 drops of Marjoram and Lavender essential oil to a spray bottle. Spray on sheets and linens to help get more restful sleep.

Joint Support Blend: Mix one drop of each Lavender, Peppermint, and Marjoram, and rub into affected area.


Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Beginner's Guide to Application and Precautions, from SustainableBabySteps.com

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