Marjoram essential oil is valued for its clarifying, calming and soothing properties and positive effects on the immune system.

MarjoramMarjoram its close cousin is oregano. Marjoram is an herb. People make medicine from marjoram’s flowers, leaves, and oil.

In ancient Egypt, marjoram was to heal, disinfect and preserve.  Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was said to treasure this herd. 

The Greeks called marjoram “joy of the mountain” and used it to make wreaths and garlands for weddings and funerals.

During the Middle Ages, European women used marjoram in bouquets known as nosegays.

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Marjoram Sweet, not to be confused with “Spanish Marjoram” is part Origanum family.  Marjoram essential oil is made by steam-distilling the plant’s leaves.  It’s a calming oil with a spicy and woody aroma. 

Oregano is a common marjoram substitute, and vice versa, because of their likeness, but marjoram has a finer texture and a milder flavour profile.

Marjoram has a warming effect on the body and mind, helps ease muscle tension and benefits the nervous system.  It has powerful antibacterial, anti-infectious and antiseptic properties as well.

This camphoraceous essential oil is high in the constituent monoterpenes and monoterpenols and has no 1,8 cineole (oxide). Spanish Marjoram constituents are completely opposite having a high content of 1,8 cineole and low levels of monoterpenes and monoterpenols.

Known as “wintersweet” or “joy of the mountains,” Marjoram was known to the Greeks and Romans as a symbol of happiness. Marjoram has been used in culinary dishes, imparting a unique flavour to soups, stews, dressings, and sauces 

In Germany, this herb is known as the “Goose Herb” for its traditional use in roasting geese.

In modern applications, Marjoram oil is valued for its calming properties and its positive benefits when used during a soothing massage. It also supports both healthy cardiovascular and immune systems when ingested.


Country of Origin:  Mediterranean and North Africa

Extraction Method:  Steam Distillation

Plant Parts:  Leaves

Botanical Family:  Labiatae

Latin Name:  Origanum marjorana

Chemical Families: T erpinen-4-ol, trans-sabinene hydrate, γ-terpinene

Aroma: Fresh, Lemony, Citrus

Note:  Middle

Possible skin sensitivity
Keep out of reach of children
If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician
Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas


Avoid use during pregnancy, as marjoram oil is an emmenagogue. Dilute marjoram oil before applying it topically.



Because Sweet Marjoram has high levels of monoterpenes and monoterpenols it is most effective as tonifier, sedative and antiseptic. Where Spanish Marjoram, because of its 1,8 cineole (oxide) content is more effective for respiratory congestion.

The whole herb was used extensively for healing, body pain and headache relief, and digestive relief.

Analgesic Antibacterial Anti-inflammatory
CNS Sedative Antispasmodic Digestive Aid
Cephalic Sedating Antifungal
Vasodilator Regulates Blood Pressure Soothe Muscles



In patients suffering from arthritis, a blend of marjoram, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary and peppermint combined with a carrier oil reduced perceived pain and depression compared to the control group.  [mfn] | Kim, M.J., Nam, E.S., Paik, S.I., (2005) The effects of aromatherapy on pain, depression, and life satisfaction of arthritis patients. Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. Retrieved from[/mfn]


A 2014 study reported that a blend of essential oils including marjoram, black pepper, lavender and peppermint could affect neck pain.  The essential oil group showed significant improvement in 10 areas of pain compared to be the control group.  [mfn]| Ou.M.C., Lee, Y.F., Li, C.C., Wu, S.K., (2014) The effectiveness of essential oils for patients with neck pain: a randomized controlled study. J Altern Complement Med. Retrieved from[/mfn]



There are actually two oils referred to as marjoram – sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana) and Spanish marjoram (Thymus mastichina). It’s sweet marjoram essential oil uses that we’ll focus on today.

Here are the ways marjoram oil has surprised me.

  • Pain Relief – reduce neck and back pain
  • Relaxes tense muscles, soothing and calming massage
  • Relax the mind and calm nerves
  • Aids the digestive system
  • Lessen cramps and spasms
  • Boost skin health
  • Treats respiratory conditions
  • Works as an immune stimulant
  • Cardiovascular system



1    Prevents and Improves Gastric Ulcers

Marjoram essential oil has shown an ability to prevent and help gastric ulcers.  Take 1 to 2 drops of marjoram oil internally until symptoms subside.  The herb can also be taken as a tea or supplement.


2.   Helps Alleviate Headaches, Neck Pain and Back Pain

Marjoram essential oil can help reduce the pain that often comes with tension headaches and neck pain.  Marjoram relaxes tense muscles and improves circulation, which can have pain-reducing effects for conditions caused by tight muscles.  Apply it topically to areas of pain.


3.   Relieves Muscle Pain and Spasms

Marjoram essential oil works to relieve muscle tension and pain due to overexertion.  It may also alleviate some of the pain associated with the common cold, fever, inflammation and toothaches.  Dilute 3 to 5 drops and apply it topically to the area of concern twice daily.


4.   Helps Prevent infections

Due to its anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-viral properties, marjoram essential oil may help prevent infections and ailments such as the common cold, influenza, measles, mumps, and cold sores.  Dilutes 2 to 5 drops and apply it topically twice daily.


5.  Aids in Stress and Anxiety Relief

Marjoram oil has sedative properties and works to help create a calming and peaceful feeling.  Diffuse marjoram oil or inhale it directly from the bottle.  For topical use, dilute and apply it to the back of your neck and wrists.


6.  Helps with Stomach Cramps

Marjoram oil helps to treat constipation, flatulence, and colic by relaxing the digestive system with its sedative properties.  Take it internally by placing 1 drop under your tongue, or dilute and apply it topically to your abdomen and lower back.


7.  Helps Regulate Blood Pressure

Marjoram oil has the ability to widen and relax the blood vessels, which may ease the flow of blood and reduce high blood pressure.  Take it internally by placing it under your tongue, or dilute and apply it topically over your heart.


Other health benefits:

Bones / Joints:  Aches, Arthritis

Circulatory:  Circulatory disorders

Digestive: Indigestion, Constipation

Mental/Emotional: Calms obsessive thinking. Supports self-care. Comforts and warms.

Calms the heart:  Insomnia Anxiety, nervous tension

Muscular/Joints: Cramps, Aches, Rheumatism, Sprains, Headaches, Spasms

Reproductive: Cramps, Menstrual Problems, Fluid retention

Respiratory: Decongestant, Respiratory Infection

Skin: Bruises, burns, sores, cuts, Sunburn


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