Marjoram essential oil is extracted from leaves of the Origanum majorana plant, which most people know as simply marjoram or sweet marjoram.
It’s a perennial herb that has been used for medicinal purposes for many years, but gardeners also use it for edging or filler because it grows low to the ground.
It’s easy to grow outdoors but is also well suited to flower boxes and pots.
1. Pain Relief
Whether you routinely suffer from muscle pain due to intense workouts or you suffer from a medical condition that comes with chronic pain, you may find some relief by applying marjoram essential oil directly to the site of pain.
Research published in a 2014 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that a cream blended with marjoram, peppermint, lavender and black pepper essential oils effectively relieved neck pain when applied to the neck immediately after the shower.
60 people with a established neck disorder or pain were included in the study, and those given the essential oil cream showed greater pain relief and improvements in range of movement than those given a placebo cream with no essential oils.
Another study published in a 2012 issue of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research found similar results when women with severe menstrual cramps applied an essential oil cream to the abdomens daily.
They massaged a cream with marjoram, lavender and clary sage essential oils into their abdomens once a daily from the end of one menstruation period to the beginning of the next.
Not only did their menstrual pain ease, but the duration of the pain shortened for many women.
Direct application is required, so mix your marjoram oil with a light, unscented cream before rubbing into your skin.
Take a minute to give yourself a gentle massage or ask someone to help massage for you.
This is a natural way to help control or relieve your pain, and it won’t interact with pain medications that your doctor may prescribe.
2. Reducing Blood Pressure
There is some scientific research that supports the use of marjoram and other select essential oils to effectively control blood pressure.
You can do this by diffusing the oil into your environment for a relaxing effect or adding marjoram oil to coconut oil or an unscented cream to give yourself a relaxing massage each day.
Try doing this at the most stressful period of day to help lower your blood pressure and control the impact of stress on your body.
You can even diffuse marjoram oil while meditating or practicing yoga for even greater impact.
You can create a relaxing essential oil blend that helps lower your blood pressure by blending marjoram oil with some of the following:
3. Stress Relief
If your lifestyle is stressful, it can take a toll on your adrenal glands, nervous system, digestive system and many other internal processes.
It even has an impact on your immune system, which is why many people end up catching colds, stomach viruses or the flu when they’re going through a stressful situation.
Relieving stress daily can improve your mental state while limiting the negative impact on your body.
Marjoram oil helps relieve stress by calming your heart, lowering your blood pressure and promoting general relaxation and peace of mind.
Try diffusing it into your home or work space to ease the tension in your surrounding environment.
You may also want to apply a drop or two to your wrists or behind your neck when you start to feel the impact of stress.
Mixing it with coconut oil or an unscented lotion will reduce the risk of skin irritation.
You can also create stress-relief essential oil blends by combining marjoram with citrus oils that lift the mood.
This includes orange, lemon and grapefruit essential oil. This type of blend may relieve your stress and increase your energy level just when you’re starting to drag from a difficult situation or an intense lifestyle.
If you want to wind down at the end of a stressful day, try blending marjoram oil with rose essential oil, cedarwood essential oil, lavender essential oil and/or ylang ylang essential oil.
All of these oils are proven to relax the mind and often used for relaxation purposes.
Try diffusing your special blend while meditating or drifting off to sleep, but a self-massage with an essential oil lotion or cream is a good way to relieve stress as well.
4. Digestive Support
If you suffer from gas, bloating, heartburn, extended stomach and other issues related to the digestive system, you may want to try marjoram essential oil or fresh leaves for internal benefits.
There isn’t much research that proves marjoram is an effective aid for digestion, but it has been used by many years by people around the world for just this purpose.
It’s believed that the mere smell of marjoram essential oil will kickstart your salivary glands, which initiates the digestion process.
The best way to calm your stomach and relieve your digestive discomfort is to boil the leaves into a tea or add the essential oil to a cup of tea.
This dilutes the leaves or oil enough to deliver the results without irritating your throat or stomach.
5. Hormonal Balance for Women
If you suffer from PCOS, severe PMS or other issues with your hormones, adding a couple cups of marjoram tea to your daily routine may help.
Research published in a 2016 issue of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics found that two cups of marjoram tea daily effectively helped balance hormones and control menstrual cycles for women diagnosed with PCOS.
25 women participated in the study, and the researchers noted clear hormonal improvements in the women consuming the marjoram tea.
You can buy marjoram tea, make it fresh from the leaves of a marjoram plant, or add your marjoram essential oil to a tea blend that you already enjoy.
You may also benefit from massaging your abdomen with a cream laced with marjoram essential oil if your condition also involves cramping.
Some people are allergic to the marjoram plant, which means they will also have an allergic reaction to the oil.
Test the oil on a small patch of skin before using it on larger areas of your skin or ingesting it for internal benefits.
This is a natural herb that is safe for most people to use in reasonable amounts, but the impact on pregnant women and babies hasn’t been tested. Dilution is required for direct application to the skin.
If you want to grow your own marjoram plants in a window pot or outdoors, you can use the fresh leaves for many of the same benefits discussed here.
You will just modify the amount used and type of application because fresh leaves are different from a concentrated oil that delivers just what you need in a more condensed and easy-to-use form.
Mixing your use of fresh leaves and marjoram essential oil is a good way to maximize your benefits, and you may find that some applications are better suited to one form or another.