Marjoram essential oil - Origanum majorana - South Africa
The marjoram plant originated in North Africa and the Mediterranean. In ancient times, it spread far and wide, reaching Egypt at around 2000 B.C.
The ancient Greeks and Romans called the marjoram plant “the herb of happiness”. They held the plant in such high regard that they dedicated it to Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty and fertility.
Marjoram essential oil is extracted through steam distillation, using both the fresh and partially dried leaves of the plant.
One of the most important properties of marjoram essential oil is that it is hugely beneficial to the cardiovascular system. It eases the flow of blood by widening and relaxing the blood vessels in the cardiovascular system. In so doing it lowers blood pressure, lessening the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular complications. It also improves the blood circulation of the entire body, giving relief to coughs, arthritis and rheumatism.
Marjoram oil is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic. These qualities make it an effective treatment for both internal and external wounds. It also treats viral and other infections, as well as skin conditions. It also reduces fevers caused by viral infections.
This oil is an effective painkiller. It effectively relieves pain caused by fever, flu, inflammation, strained muscles, toothache and headaches. It is also very effective in easing painful spasms.
Marjoram oil aids in digestion and the overall health of the stomach by promoting the secretion of digestive juices. It also helps food move through the digestive tract more effectively by stimulating the movement of the intestines. This encourages regular bowel movements, improving overall heath.
For women who have issues related to their menstrual cycle, marjoram essential oil can provide some relief. It eases painful periods and regulates irregular cycles. It also brings relief to period related symptoms such as headaches, mood swings and dizziness.
Aside from the physical relief this essential oil brings, it also acts as a sedative, calming nerves and relaxing the mind. It relieves stress and anxiety, uplifting the spirits.