Marjoram (sweet) Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Marjoram (sweet) Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Origanum majorana

Oil Overview

Marjoram essential oil has a warm, slightly spicy smell and is colourless to pale yellow/amber in color. It has a thin consistency.

Oil Sources

Marjoram originated in countries around the Mediterranean region. Marjoram oil is extracted from the fresh and dried leaves and flowering tops of the plant by steam distillation

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

Sabinene, a-terpinene, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, cis-sabinene hydrate, linalyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol and y-terpineol.


Herbaceous, Spicy

Therapeutic Properties:

Analgesic, Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Antiviral, Bactericidal, Carminative, Cephalic, Cordial, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Fungicide, Hypotensive, Laxative, Nervine, Sedative, Stomachic, Vasodilator, Vulnerary

Possible Uses

Asthma, Bronchitis, Circulation Problems, Colds and Flu, Coldness (Physical and Emotional), Constipation, Cramps, Flatulence, Headaches, Menstrual Pain, Migraine, Muscle Spasm, Muscular Aches and Pains, Nervous Tension, Nervousness, Rheumatism, Sinusitis, Stress, Tension


Pregnancy: Not suitable for pregnant mothers

Detail of Warnings

Marjoram oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing but should not be used during pregnancy.

Compatible Combination Oils

Basil, Chamomile, Clary Sage, Cypress, Elemi, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Orange, Rosewood, Tea Tree, Thyme


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