Common Name: Sweet Marjoram
Botanical Name: Origanum marjorana
Plant Part: Flowers and Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Strength of Aroma: Medium
Description: Woody, spicy smell
Pain relief: Warming and comforting, marjoram essential oil can be massaged into the abdomen during menstruation for pain relief, or added to a warm compress. It is also useful for treating tired aching muscles, and is perfect for use in a sports massage.
In 2012, a randomized, double blind clinical experiment on patients with painful menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) was conducted using a cream blended with essential oils. Participants were asked to use the cream daily to massage their lower abdomens.
Results demonstrate that the aromatic massage with the cream did provide relief for outpatients and reduced the duration of menstrual pain in the essential oil group.
The blend used was made of lavender, clary sage and marjoram in a 2:1:1 ratio diluted in an unscented cream at 3% concentration. 
Relaxation Therapy / Reduce Blood Pressure: Marjoram oil contains properties that help relax the sympathetic nervous system (“flight or fight”) and stimulates the parasympathetic system (“rest and digest”).
An experimental study on the effects of essential oil upon hypertensive and pre-hypertensive subjects found that the inhalation of essential oils had “immediate and continuous effects” on lowering blood pressure: i.e. daytime blood pressure and salivary cortisol of the participants were significantly decreased, even 4 weeks after treatment.
The essential oil blend used was made with lavender, ylang-ylang, marjoram, and neroli (20 : 15 : 10 : 2 ratio). Although more research is required to strengthen the findings, the study concludes that essential oils may have relaxation effects for controlling hypertension.
To read more about the experiment, click here .
Improve Sleep Quality: Sweet marjoram contains several compounds which can aid sleep. A study in Taiwan examining the effects of aromatherapy massage on the sleep quality of nurses on monthly night shifts shows improvement in sleep quality and reduction in daytime dysfunction. The aromatherapy massage was conducted using a blend of sweet marjoram essential oil diluted 2% with sweet almond oil. To read more, click here .
Packaging: Dark amber bottle with orifice reducer (for controlled essential oil dispensing).
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