Marjoram essential oil comes in several varieties. Probably the most common one used in aromatherapy is sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana). If an aromatherapy recipe simply lists marjoram as an ingredient, assume it's Origanum majorana.
"Marjoram calms the senses and allows peacefulness to come into a frantic world," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. She states the emotional benefits of the essential oil are to encourage calm, balance, integrity, perseverance, and sincerity.
Plant family: Lamiaceae/Labiatae
Production: Steam distilled from flowering tops, leaves, and stems of the plant.
Aroma: Warm, sweet, herb-like, spicy
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Is marjoram safe to use during pregnancy? No, according to Aromatherapy and Massage For Mother and Baby.
Is marjoram essential oil safe for children? Do not use on babies.
Cautions: Do not confuse sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana) with Spanish marjoram (Thymus mastichina), which is a stronger oil from a different plant family.
(Z)-sabinene hydrate 7.1-13.8%
linalyl acetate 7.4-10.5%
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Ed.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Marjoram eases muscle spasms, stiff joints, menstrual cramps, excessive coughing, headaches, and migraines. The oil may slightly lower blood pressure and help relieve colds and flu. The scent helps people who feel emotionally unstable or have a tendency to experience irritability, depression, shock, or hysteria, especially as a result of an external stimulus. The essential oil can help ease insomnia, grief, loneliness, and rejection.
Aromatherapy for Dummies: Testing shows marjoram is one of the most effective scents to relax brain waves.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Marjoram helps relieve muscle spasm and pain, general aches, numbness, stiffness, menstrual problems, bruises, headache, indigestion, constipation, insomnia, stress-related conditions, and anxiety.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Marjoram helps relieve arthritis, muscle aches and stiffness, strains, sprains, coughs, constipation, flatulence, lack of periods, painful periods, colds, headaches and migraines, high blood pressure, insomnia, nervous tension, and stress-related conditions.
Aromatherapy Bible: "Marjoram is the great comforter of essential oils and helps with pain on all levels."
Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine marjoram tonifies and circulates Qi-energy, clears cold phlegm, and calms the mind. The oil soothes the flow of Qi-energy in the chest and also restores the Qi-energy of the Spleen-pancreas while calming the nerves. It is a balancing oil that "helps calm obsessive thinking, ease emotional carving, and promote the capacity for inner self-nurturing."
Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Volume I: Psychologically, marjoram promotes emotional stability and renewal and also calms the mind and promotes relaxation. Physically, the oil relaxes tense conditions and acute stress-related conditions. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the essential function of marjoram oil is to activate the Qi, calm the Liver, and harmonize the Shen.
To make a basic massage oil with marjoram, add 3 to 8 drops of the essential oil to one tablespoon carrier oil.
To a 5-ml blue or brown glass euro-dropper bottle add these essential oils:
For best results blend the essential oils and let sit for 8+ hours. The add
some of the blend to your favorite massage carrier oil (at the rate of
about 3 to 6 drops for each tablespoon of carrier oil).
Source: Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Library by KG Stiles
Back Pain Blend
Use 4 to 5 drops of the blend in one teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage into back muscles.
Add the following ingredients to a one-ounce (30-ml) bottle.
Shake. Apply a little of the oil gently over the bruise several times a day.
Use this sleep-promoting lotion before going to bed.
Add the lotion to a small glass jar. Stir in the essential oils gently using a glass stirring stick or the handle of a stainless steel spoon. Source: Aromahead
To relieve headaches, make the following blend and use a few drops in an essential oil diffuser:
Source: Suzanne Banks
For a soothing bath, blend the following essential oils:
Option 1: Add the essential oils to one tablespoon of cream or honey. Stir into your bath water.
Option 2: Combine 1/2 cup Epsom salt and 1/2 cup baking soda and add the essential oils. Stir into the bath water.
Make a hot compress to relax sore, tense, or cramped muscles or to relieve constipation and congestion.
Source: KG Stiles
I recommend marjoram essential oil from Young Living.