ff-marjoram-graphicToday’s featured essential oil is a good friend when a restless mind
won’t let you sleep or your muscles feel achy.
Her warming, soothing nature is a gentle balm that
helps soothe grief and release the past.

Essential Oil of Sweet Marjoram
Origanum majorana


Important Name Distinction: Do not confuse this Sweet Marjoram with Spanish marjoram (Thymus mastichina) which has very different properties.

Geographical Source: Oil producing countries include France, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Germany.

Plant Part:  The essential oil is extracted from the flower tops by steam distillation.

Extraction: Marjoram essential oil is extracted from the flowering tops of the herb by steam distillation.

Oil Characteristics: The oil is thin and watery with a pale yellow color.

Aroma: Personally, Marjoram doesn’t “wow” me aromatically.  However, in a blend, it adds a lovely, warm, almost camphoraceous element, to a blend.

Chemical Families: Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Monoterpenols, Esters.

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Can help settle hyperactivity as it is a CNS sedative (central nervous system)
  • Provides pain relief
  • A good remedy for cleaering the head
  • Warms the local area
  • the head (in this case, clears the head)
  • Warming – warms area

Applications:  (Here are some helpful blending guidelines)

  • Add a few drops in any blend designed to warm sore muscles and increase local circulation.
  • Add 3 drops in bedroom diffuser to help encourage sleep
  • Blend in unscented cream for menstrual cramps with Bergamot.
  • Steam inhalation: will clear the chest and ease breathing. Use one drop. Blends well with: Lavender, Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Cedarwood, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. 

Safety: Non-toxic, non-irritating.

Sleepytime Diffuser Blend
My favorite way to use Marjoram, aside from in the massage room, is to calm my mind when it’s overactive and I can’t sleep.  If I’m feeling wound up before bed, I’ll often diffuse this blend next to my bed while reading.  It doesn’t take long for my eyelids to get heavy.

3 drops Sweet Marjoram
2 drops Lavender
1 drop Sweet Orange

Subtle Properties: (vibrational and energetic):  According to author Joni Keim, Marjoram, helps you experience and integrate the peacefulness that comes from emotional healing, especially of grief and loss.  Wow.  That’s huge.   We experience loss in so many ways in our lives; a divorce, subtle changes in friendships, our jobs, our youth, our children growing up, the death of someone close, even our own levels of energy as we age.  Marjoram can help you move through the experience of your grief and help you reach the other side.  Acceptance.  Peace. 

If you feel drawn to Marjoram, you might want to ask if you are grieving something in your life.  If so, what is it and is it time to let it go?
SoulCollageMarjoramMy Aromatic Wisdom Insight Card for Sweet Marjoram

  • I bring in light and warmth to comfort your emotional wounds
  • I settle your restless mind so you can experience inner peace.
  • I help you release your loss and move on.



1. Keim, Joni, Daily Aromatherapy

2. Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 20033. 
3. Keville, K. Aromatherapy, A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, The Crossing press, USA, 19954. Price S. 
4. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 2nd edition, Churchill Livingstone, 1999

My Book of Blends

Do you have a place to keep all your blend recipes? If not, consider My Book of BlendsI created it for myself and realized so many other aromatherapists could use such a book. With over 150 pages to name, rate, make detailed notes, list out number of drops used and carrier oils used in your recipes, this book is the perfect place to keep them safe all in one, easy to use space. It makes a great gift with the holiday season, too! 



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