The scientific name for marjoram is Origanum majorana. It's a cold-sensitive, perennial herb. It's originally from the Mediterranean region and the Greeks and Romans considered this herb as a symbol of happiness. The entire plant is considered aromatic. Sweet marjoram oil, which is the oil extracted from its leaves, is a wonderful essential oil with soothing warming and fortifying effects.
The oil is extracted after drying the fresh leaves and tops, and then the steam distilled products yield the oil. The oil is yellowish in color, and is rich in chemical and organic composition. It contains chemical compounds such as origanol, pinene, borneol, and camphor. Other components are sabinene, cymene, linalyl acetate, gamma terpineol, terpinolene, alpha terpinene, sabinene hydrate and terpineol. This strong composition makes it soothing for almost every part of the body.
Analgesic and Antiseptic
It is helpful during fever, cold, and inflammation. It reduces pain, toothache, headache, and muscle fatigue. Its antiseptic properties help in curing wounds and external cuts. It's also one of the active ingredients of antiseptic creams
Antiviral, Antibacterial and Antifungal
It's effective against influenza, mumps, pox, and other viral diseases. This oil kills bacteria. It's known to provide relief to those affected by malaria, typhoid, urinary tract infection, colic diseases, and food poisoning. The oil also cures fungal infections and prevents fungal growth.
Antispasmodic and Anti-Aphrodisiac
It cures respiratory spasms, convulsions, muscle pulls, spasmodic cholera, cramps, etc. It also helps suppress sexual desires. It is beneficial for people affected by abnormal sexual urges.
Carminative, Cephalic and Cordial
It's also useful for retaining memory with growing age. It efficiently handles gas problems and gives relief to people affected by indigestion, chest pain, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, and hypertension. This oil has a warming effect on body. It improves circulation and helps you get rid of phlegm and rheumatism.
Diuretic, Emmenagogue and Sedative
This oil helps in frequent urination and to get rid of excess sodium from body. It provides relief from abdominal pain, and dizziness during menstruation. The oil is not advised by doctors during pregnancy, as it can damage the protective lining around the womb and can decrease the absorption of iron. It helps reduce snoring as it is a good sedative. It also relieves one from stress and anxiety.
Nervine, Stomachic and Vasodilator
This oil strengthens the nervous system and lowers the risk of nervous disorders. It maintains proper secretion of digestive juices and enhances bowel movements. It eases blood flow by relaxing blood vessels, and reduces the risk of heart diseases and brain hemorrhage due to hypertension. It also maintains blood pressure levels.
Since this oil has a variety of uses and benefits, its application procedure also varies. For culinary purposes, a few drops of this oil can be added to recipes. It is one of the best aromatherapy oil and blends well with cypress, tea tree oil, eucalyptus, and lavender oil. You can add a few drops to water while bathing. It's also used in beauty products for hair and body. Massaging this oil, can relieve you from pain in joints and other parts of the body. Topical application is absolutely safe. If you want to benefit from its medicinal properties, you should always take the prescribed dose suggested by doctors.