Marjoram is a special plant that was prized by ancient cultures like the Greeks and Romans, as it symbolized happiness to them. It was known as the Joy of the Mountains!
While they would make wreaths of marjoram for newlywed couples to ensure happiness and love, perhaps it symbolized happiness because of it's calming and mood balancing effects on the emotions and nervous system. It simply soothes stressful feelings.
Marjoram actually happens to be related to Oregano, they both come from the mint family and physically they look a lot alike so they get confused all the time. Smell wise, they're a whole different story. Marjoram is sweet, woody, and minty while Oregano is pungent and sharp.
Marjoram is used to season savory stews, dressings, soups and the essential oil can be used in the same way when you don't have the dry or fresh herb on hand. Next time a recipe calls for dried Marjoram, replace it with Marjoram essential oil for a convenient and spicy flavoring. Usually, one drop of Marjoram essential oil is equivalent to two tablespoons of dried Marjoram.
Physically, Marjoram essential oil helps sore and stressed muscles, digestion, cardiovascular function, nervous system function and immune function. It provides extensive benefits for the body and mind. The best way to experience the cardiovascular, digestive and immune benefits is to take Marjoram essential oil internally in a veggie cap.*
Marjoram has calming properties that help relax emotions during stressful moments. This is due to it's chemical constituent Linalool, which has calming properties and is also found in Lavender.
Emotionally it's the oil of connection, and it helps us to find trust in ourselves, the universe and others again. This is one of my favorite ways to use Marjoram essential oil, and funnily enough, whenever I sit down to write one of these oil spotlight posts it's always the oil I need at the time! Love those synchronicities.
Marjoram essential oil helps when you're unable to trust or form meaningful relationships, and this inability to trust comes from previous harsh experiences in life. This leads to reclusive behaviors, protecting or abstaining from social relationships, and unconsciously sabotaging long term relationships.
While this is not done intentionally, it can show up as aloofness or distancing from other people. This is simply a protective mechanism, to avoid being hurt. It's a reaction to put up walls when really, they need to be down in order to experience intimacy in any form of relationship.
What Marjoram does is it helps heal the heart and its past wounds, it rekindles trust in relationships. This allows the feelings of being safe and loved and the ability to be authentic in relationship. When feeling doubtful in your life circumstances or when trusting others, turn to Marjoram essential oil.
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How it smells
Warm, herbaceous, woody
For carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and arthritis, us on affected areas to soothe and calm
For muscle cramps and sprains, massage diluted to relieve
For high blood pressure and heart issues, apply over heart and to pulse points or take with 2 drops of lemongrass in a capsule
For croup and bronchitis, apply to neck, chest, and upper back
For pancreatitis, apply a drop or two over pancreas area
For overactive sex drive, apply to abdomen
For boils, cold sores and ringworm, take in a capsule or apply to affected area
For migraines and headaches, massage onto back of neck, along hairline and temples
For colic and constipation, take in a capsule or massage diluted over abdomen and on lower back
For feelings of doubtfulness, use aromatically or topically to get from doubtful to trusting
For calming and anxiety, rub on back of neck and bottoms of feet or diffuse to relieve stress
Apply 1-3 drops over heart and chest when feeling disconnected from others and untrusting
Ways to Use
Learn about the ways to use Marjoram here!
AromaTouch Massage Blend
Past Tense Tension Blend
How to order
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* Methods of use: I'm only referring to use with doTERRA essential oils. Please use at your own risk with other brands.