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Marjoram (Origanum majorana) Oil from dōTERRA®

Relieves stress and anxiety, relaxes muscles, reduces hypertension

Marjoram oil from dōTERRA<sup>®</sup> Earch Essentials
Price:  $25.95

Marjoram oil is often used for tension headaches and migrains, because of its calming and relaxing effect on the muscles.  These same properties make marjoram effective at relieving stress and helping with insomnia.


15 mL bottle.

About marjoram oil:

The Romans knew marjoram as the "herb of happiness"; to the Greeks, it was the "joy of the mountains".  Most well known as a culinary herb, marjoram also has some valuable medicinal uses.

Marjoram is closely related to oregano, and has similar properties.  However, it is most often thought of as a natural muscle relaxant, and is chosen to address such issues as sore muscles and joints, as well as sprains and back pain.

Marjoram oil is certified GRAS by the FDA, so it is safe to ingest.

Key properties of marjoram oil

Primary constituents of marjoram:

  • Monoterpenes (primarily pinene)
  • Alcohols (primarily linalool)

Some of the therapeutic properties of marjoram oil include: analgesic, anti-bacterial, antibiotic, anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, disinfectant, expectorant, sedative and stimulant.

Common uses for marjoram oil

For minor stomach complaints, like indigestion, stomach ache or constipation, you can drink 1-2 drops of marjoram oil, mixed with agave, honey, water or juice.

Marjoram oil can also be applied topically, massaged into the affected areas for sore muscles or joint, sprains, sore backs, necks, for its anti-spasmodic effects.

At the onset of cold, flu or respiratory distress symptoms, either diffuse marjoram or massage into the chest, neck and lymph nodes.

For menstrual issues, massage marjoram oil on the lower back and lower abdomen.  And, of course, menstrual issues — as well as just plain stress — can be addressed by adding marjoram to a warm bath.  The best way to do this is to dilute the oil in Himalayan Crystal Salt or Epsom's salts, before adding to the bath water.

Modern research into marjoram oil

A recent study looked into the effectiveness of Origanum majorana to treat high blood pressure.  Marjoram oil was used in massage therapy on 126 subjects, after which, both the diastolic and systolc levels were lowered.

Clinical studies are on-going about the efficacy of marjoram as a mind relaxant and calming agent.

Other uses for marjoram oil

  1. Diffuse 3-4 drops of marjoram, to promote a restful feeling of peace and aide in sleep. 
  2. Diffusing marjoram can also be beneficial for asthma, bronchitis, poor circulation, coughs, physical exhaustion, headaches, tension, insomnia, sinusitis, anxiety, nervous tension and stress.
  3. Marjoram oil has a warming action that is calming to the emotions, relieves anxiety and stress, and helps to calms hyperactive people.
  4. Marjoram oil has excellent muscle relaxant properties.
  5. Marjoram has pain-killing properties, that are useful for arthritic and rheumatic pains, as well as sprains, strains and spasms, for swollen joints and painful muscles, as well as bruising.
  6. Marjoram soothes the digestive system and helps with cramps, indigestion and constipation.
  7. Marjoram has a beneficial action on colds, sinusitis, bronchitis and asthma.
  8. Marjoram oil can be beneficial in cases of nervous tension and anxiety.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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