Sweet Relaxing Marjoram

origanum majorana

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Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana) essential oil came into my life when I was having trouble sleeping. I had used Lavender but it just wasn’t strong enough after a crazy day at work. Then I heard about how Sweet Marjoram deeply calms the nervous system and helps dissolve stress. That was just what I needed. I then discovered the variety of other uses it had.

This relative of Oregano may not be as well known as its cousin, but it is still important in Aromatherapy. It is recognized as a valuable oil with antispasmodic, digestive, decongestant, and sedating properties. As an antispasmodic it warms and soothes muscle and joint conditions for quick relief. It also offers lasting benefits when used in massage for aching muscles, muscle cramps and strains, arthritis, and rheumatism.

In cases of digestive problems, flatulence, intestinal cramps, and irritable bowel syndrome, a hot compress with a few drops of Sweet Marjoram essential oil can make you feel better. When inhaled it helps to clear sinuses and a stuffy head, as well as easing asthma, bronchitis, and catarrh. A few drops diluted in a base oil and massaged on the chest can dispel a troublesome cough.

I mentioned above how Sweet Marjoram helped with my insomnia, but it is especially useful when diffused in the bedroom before going to bed. It can make it easier to wind down after a tough day and it can lull you to sleep. The herb is so sedating that it was used in ancient Greek funerals to promote restful peace for the deceased. Maybe the phrase “sleep like the dead” was based on the use of Sweet Marjoram.

So when you need a truly relaxing experience, whether it’s to quiet a cough or quiet your nerves, reach for Sweet Marjoram essential oil. You will find this recipe very soothing.

Just Relax
4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
3 drops Marjoram (Origanum majorana) essential oil
2 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil
5 drops Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) essential oil
1 oz carrier oil
Combine essential oils in a bottle. Put carrier oil in another bottle and add essential oil blend. Use as a bath or massage oil.