Botanical Family: Labiatae (mint)
Extraction Method/Origin: Steam distilled from leaves—France
Chemical Constituents: Monoterpenes (up to 60%): α- & γ-terpinenes (<30%), sabinene (<8%), myrcene (<7%), terpinolene, ocimene, δ-3-carene, p-cymene, α- and β-pinenes, δ-cadinene, α- & β-phellandrenes, l-limonene; Alcohols (<30%): α-terpineol (<15%), cis- & trans-thujanol-4 (<12%), linalol (<8%); Phenols: terpinen-4-ol (>21%), terpinen-1-ol-3; Esters: geranyl acetate (<7%), linalyl acetate, α-terpenyl acetate; Aldehydes: citral (<6%); Sesquiterpenes (<5%): β-caryophyllene, humulene; Phenolic Ethers: trans-anethole.
Properties: Antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antisexual, antispasmodic, arterial vasodilator, digestive stimulant, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, and tonic.
Common Primary Uses: Arthritis, carpal tunnel, colic, constipation, cramps (muscle), croup, high blood pressure, muscle fatigue, muscle spasms, muscular dystrophy, neuralgia, Parkinson’s disease, physical stress, whiplash.
Folklore: Known as the “herb of happiness” to the Romans and “joy of the mountains” to the Greeks, marjoram was used to decorate at both weddings and funerals. Not only would it warm both the body and the emotions, but many believed it would increase longevity. It was grown on grave sites to comfort the departed soul.
Historical Uses: Marjoram was used for poisoning (as an antidote), fluid retention, muscle spasms, rheumatism, sprains, stiff joints, bruises, obstructions of the liver and spleen, and respiratory congestions. According to Roberta Wilson, “Those curious about their futures anointed themselves with marjoram at bedtime so that they might dream of their future mates.”
French Medicinal Uses: Aches, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, colic, constipation, cramps, insomnia, intestinal peristalsis, migraine headache, muscles, neuralgia, pains, parasympathetic nervous system (tones), blood pressure (regulates), rheumatism, sprains.
Other Possible Uses: It may be relaxing and calming to the muscles that constrict and sometimes contribute to headaches. It may help anxiety, boils, bruises, burns, carbuncles, celibacy (vow not to marry), colds, cold sores, cuts, fungus and viral infections, hysteria, menstrual problems, calm the respiratory system, ringworm, shingles, shock, sores, relieve spasms, sunburns, tension, and water retention.
Body System(s) Affected: Cardiovascular System, Muscles and Bones.
Aromatic Influence: It promotes peace and sleep.
Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse.
Oral Use As Dietary Suppliment: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Safety Data: Use with caution during pregnancy.
Blend Classification: Enhancer and Equalizer.
Blends With: Bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, lavender, orange, nutmeg, rosemary, rosewood, ylang ylang.
Odor: Type: Middle Note (50–80% of the blend); Scent: Herbaceous, green, spicy; Intensity: 3.