Marjoram (Sweet)

Sweet Marjoram-  AroMed's Origanum marjorana is certified organic and steam distilled in Egypt. It is in the labiatae or lamiaceae plant family, and has a warm, mildly spicy, herbaceous aroma.


  • Marjoram is an important essential oil for aromatherapists and oil aficionados. It is versatile and reliable. It is the first oil I reach for when looking to relieve joint or muscle tension, fatigue and pain. It increases local circulation and helps carry away toxins in the muscles, especially after heavy exercise. Great in massage oils and a favorite with athletes! 
  • It also is helpful as an antispasmodic, added to a carrier, like sweet almond oil, with bergamot, clary sage and roman chamomile for menstrual cramps. It is reputed to promote a more regular menses.
  • Marjoram stimulates digestion, and has the potential to relieve constipation, gas and spasmotic indigestion.
  • If coughing in relation to a respiratory issue is present, marjoram applied as a chest rub can be helpful.
  • It is calming to the nervous system, quieting to the mind, and effective in insomnia blends.

Emotional Support-  Marjoram encourages calming of the senses, balance, integrity, perseverance, sincerity and stillness of the mind. It can console during times of grief.

Blends well with- basil, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, roman chamomile, german chamomile, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus citriodora, eucalyptus radiata, fennel, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, orange, lime, mandarin, peppermint, petitgrain, rosemary, tea tree, thyme

Note of interest - Marjoram is considered an anaphrodisiac, which means it diminishes sexual desire, and it has been long associated with celibacy. Avoid it if you have any concerns about decreasing libido. I would avoid if you are feeling emotionally flat or muted, too. Marjoram can exacerbate that.

Modes of Application- massage, compress, bath, salve, direct inhalation, diffuser, steam inhalation

Safety data- Do not use marjoram when pregnant. Skin sensitization is possible if using old and/or oxidized oils. Essential Oils are typically used via inhalation and/or topical application while properly diluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner to address a specific health need, for a specified period of time. Keep away from children and pets.


Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003.

Tisserand, R and Young, R. Essential Oil Safety, A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition, Churchill Livingston Elsevier, 2014.

Worwood, V.A. Aromatherapy for the Soul, New World Library, 1999.

Please note: Information and statements provided by AroMed Aromatherapy and Lauren Andrews RN, CA, have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease. Information and interest only. The information is not designed for self-diagnosis. If you are concerned about a healthcare issue, see your doctor, specialist or ND. Please note that AroMed Aromatherapy accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products.

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