Marjoram Oil

Marjoram Oil 

What is Marjoram Oil?

Marjoram has a cemented place in Greek history as the symbol of happiness. It was offered during celebrations such as marriages, and was known as the "joy of the mountain". Its closeness and similarity to oregano makes it a perfect substitute as a spice and is an ingredient in the spicy herbal mixture 'herbs de Provence' which is used as a seasoning for certain foods. The marjoram plant is a perennial herb from the Mediterranean, northern Africa and Egypt. Marjoram oil is extracted by steam distillation of the fresh and dry leaves of the plant.

Properties

Marjoram oil has a pale-yellow to amber colored liquid, with a woody, herbaceous, spicy, and camphorous aroma. The main components of the oil are; terpinenes, terpineol, sabinenes, linalool, eugenol, linalyl acetate, carvacrol, citral, geranyl acetate, amongst others. It’s very wide range of components give it a very large property base. The oil has antiseptic, analgesic, antispasmodic, antifungal, antibacterial, sedative, diuretic, aphrodisiac (yes, it is an aphrodisiac), antioxidant, laxative, tonic, cephalic, carminative properties, alongside other properties as well (it is way too packed with health benefits!)

Precautions

  • Pregnant women should seek medical advice before using marjoram oil.
  • Keep out of the reach of children.

Benefits

Away with the pain

Can't get rid of soreness? An ache? Or pain related to colds, fevers, and inflammations? Get you some marjoram oil and start reaping benefits from its analgesic property. It is very effective too for pain related to menstruation. The added goodness of marjoram oil is that its analgesic properties have no side effects.

Forever young

It’s no secret, we all want beautiful skin we can cherish and take pride in, our skin is a treasure and we must keep it healthy. Marjoram oil works wonders on skin. It is a powerful antioxidant that will get rid of free radicals, deep clean the pores and leaves your body fresh, smooth and shiny. In addition, marjoram oil has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, which means skin infections such as acne, eczema, and ringworm amongst others, are worries of the past. Your skin and body will thank you for considering this oil as a care product.

Anti-spasmodic

Marjoram oil has antifungal, antirail and antibacterial properties, which make it an ideal disinfectant and remedy for infections such as colds, flu, bronchitis, and other external infections. It has an anti-spasmodic effect and is a wonderful remedy for muscle spasms, cramps, convulsions, and intestinal cramps.

Sweating it out

The oil is a proper detoxifying agent, promoting perspiration, which will help eliminate toxins, excess water and salts from your body.

Solves menstrual issues

Need help with painful or irregular menstruation? Of course, you do. Marjoram oil is exceptional in regulating menstrual flow and relieving the related pain, mood swings, abdominal pain, and dizziness. The oil is also known to help prevent premature menopause.

Make no deposit

Marjoram oil is a natural expectorant and is effective at relieving you from the deposition of phlegm and mucus in the throat when you are suffering from flu, colds, or a cough. It will also help you in decongesting the major tracts and respiratory ways.

Rest and recharge

Marjoram oil will be a bonus if you practice aromatherapy or a good excuse to start the practice. It has antidepressant properties and its fragrance is known to calm and relax the mind, freeing you from stress, anxiety, depression and negative energy. This oil also has sedative qualities and can induce that nice, peaceful rest your body and mind have been craving.

Side effects

  • Eugenol, which is a component of the oil can hinder blood clotting and as such have adverse effects on people with liver disease and kidney trouble. It is also not advised if you've already been diagnosed with cancer.
  • Eugenol also has an adverse effect on skin and can irritate sensitive skin.
  • Marjoram oil has been known to lower sex drive.
  • Linalool is a component of marjoram oil and is cytotoxic when used in excess. High concentrations can cause cell death.