Essential Oil Profile: Marjoram


Latin Name: Origanum marjorana, Marjorana hortensis

Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Part: Plant (Leaves, Flowers/Buds)

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Middle. Element: Wood.

Functional Groups: Terpene,sesquiterpene, alcohol, ester

Type: Relaxing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata, Pitta, for Kapha substitute Spanish Marjoram (Thymus mastichina)

Scent: Herbaceous, warm, camphoraceous, sweet, woody

For skin Type: None


(Photos by AromaAngie)

Caution: Not during pregnancy. Not for low blood pressure. Not for asthma. Not before love love-making since it is anaphrodisiac (discourages sexual feelings).

Physical Uses: Insomnia, muscle & joint pain, colds, cough, flu, PMS, headache, migraine, indigestion, menstrual cramps, palpitations, nervine, sedative.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress,  comforting, grief, numbing.

Other Uses: combine with Rose for grief. Combine with Lavender for headache.

Blends Well With: Leaves, citrus, lavender

Possible Substitutions: Lavender, Don’t confuse sweet Marjoram with Spanish Marjoram (Thymus mastichina).


Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Advanced Level, 2001-2011.

Lawless, Julia, The Complete Illustrated Guide To Aromatherapy, Boston,MA, Element Books Limited, 1997, p 200.





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