Smorgasbord Health – The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – Aromatherapy – Marjoram Essential Oil – Muscles and Stress

Twenty years ago I ran a health food shop and diet advisory centre here in Ireland and we sold essential oils for aromatherapy. I thought that I should learn more about it and took a course on the subject. It is not something that I have covered here on the blog, and I am looking forward to refreshing my memory from my course notes. and introducing you to this relaxing therapy at the same time.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils which have been extracted from specific sweet smelling plants for therapeutic massage. They are blended with specialised carrier oils to ensure that they are used in a diluted form and are easily absorbed by the skin. The oils can also be used to add these therapeutic aromas to our environment as well with the use of burners.

This week I am going to covering an essential oil produced from marjoram, a herb more associated with cooking perhaps.

Marjoram is made from the whole plant and comes from Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria and Egypt.

  • Scent: Herbaceous
  • Usage: Baths, inhalation, massage.
  • Note: Middle
  • Mood: Warming
  • Safety: Do not use in pregnancy

There are two kinds of Majoram essential oil, but the most commonly used in aromatherapy is Origanum marjorana or ‘sweet’ marjoram, and that is the one that I will focus on.

History or the essential oil.

As with Lavender that I covered in the previous post, Marjoram essential oil, has a long and revered history with healers.The Ancient Egyptians used the herb as part of the grieving process for its sedative and calming properties.

The Goddess Aphrodite was very partial to the oil claiming that it was a symbol of happiness. In fact the Ancient Greeks called it ‘Joy of the Mountain’ and it was entwined into the garlands of newly married couples to bring them good luck.

Therapeutically it was used to relieve spasms and other muscle problems and also as an antidote to poisons.

Its recognition for its sedating and calming effects has been known throughout the ages and was used rubbed into the scalp to calm nerves and also possibly to alleviate migraines.

It reached our shores in medieval times when it was planted on graves to bring peace to the dead, and monks would plant in the gardens of the monasteries, as apparently its calming properties prevented them from being tempted by the fairer sex!

Marjoram oil can be used in skincare, baths, skin products and inhaled.

Some of the therapeutic properties

  • When used at the end of a stressful day in a hot bath it can not only relax but help you get a good night’s sleep.
  • A few drops in a burner to fragrance a room can also help you relax, especially if you have a tension headache.
  • If you have muscle sprains or strains after exercise it can be used in a bath or as a lotion to ease the spasms.
  • If you have painful periods or PMS rubbing an oil blend into your abdomen or adding drops to your bath may alleviate symptoms. (Because of its use in relation to hormonal conditions, you should not use if you are pregnant.)
  • If you or a child has a chesty cough you can create a blend and rub on the back and chest to aid sleep.
  • When used regularly it may prevent bacterial infections and speed recovery
  • Can be used for fungal infections
  • Helps relax blood vessels

Here are some of the other essential oils that Marjoram blends well with and then I will give you a couple of lotions to make at home.

Camomile made from the flowers from UK, France and Egypt. There are two types Roman and German and they have different therapeutic benefits.

Eucalyptus from Australia comes from the leaves and the twigs.

  • Scent: Camphor
  • Usage: Inhalation, Massage, Baths
  • Note: Top
  • Mood: Refreshing
  • Safety: Avoid in Pregnancy and with any form of homeopathy.

Frankincense from Somalia and Oman is extracted from the resin.

  • Scent: Incense, warm
  • Usage: Inhalation, Bath, Skin Care, Massage
  • Note: Middle, Base
  • Mood: Calming
  • Safety: None indicated.

Geranium from Egypt, Madagascar, China is made from the whole plant.

  • Scent: Floral
  • Usage: Skin Care, Massage, Baths
  • Note: Middle
  • Mood: Harmonising
  • Safety: None Indicated.

Lavender from Tasmania, England and France uses the flowers.

  • Scent: Floral
  • Usage: Inhalation, Bath, Skincare, Massage
  • Note: Middle
  • Mood: Soothing
  • Safety: None indicated.

Mandarin is made from the peel of the fruit and comes from Brazil, Algeria and Argentina.

  • Scent: Citrus
  • Usage: Bath, massage, skin care
  • Note: Top
  • Mood: Soothing
  • Safety: Avoid exposure to sunlight.

Sandalwood is made from the wood of the tree and comes from India.

  • Scent: Woody
  • Usage: Massage, inhalation, skin care, baths.
  • Note: Base
  • Mood: Balancing
  • Safety: None indicated.

A soothing body lotion that is best applied after a warm bath before bedtime.

  • 50ml of fragrance free baby lotion.
  • 1 drop of marjoram essential oil
  • 4 drops of mandarin essential oil
  • 5 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 2 drops of frankincense essential oil.

Here is an aftershave balm that is far less expensive than those on the shelves and with less additives.

  • 50ml of fragrance free baby lotion.
  • 2 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 2 drops of lavender essential oil
  • I drop of Marjoram essential oil.

Mix together until blended and store in a bottle.. You only need a small amount after shaving to calm the skin.

For a chesty cough lotion to be rubbed on chest and back (should be fine for over 5 year old children, but do not use if you are pregnant as eucalyptus as well as marjoram are not recommended.

  • 30ml of a good carrier oil and I recommend either grapeseed or sweet almond.
  • 5 drops marjoram essential oil,
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil.
  • 2 drops of frankincense essential oil.

Blend together well and then rub a little into the chest and back.

Just a couple of notes.

This is not a full list of essential oils and you can discover the full range at any specialist shop or website. You will also find that they have carrier oils and also a range of accessories for blending and keeping your finished preparation fresh.

Secondly it is not advisable to take essential oils internally especially in their concentrated form. However, I have used peppermint oil … just one drop to a large glass of water for IBS. You can also use some oils, just one or two drops under the tongue for some internal health issues, but do ask an expert before experimenting.

I hope that you have found interesting thanks for dropping in .. Sally.




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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

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