Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sweet marjoram essential oil

Sweet marjoram essential oil, origanum marjorana, has a sweet, herb-like, pungent, sharp, and spicy scent with just a hint of camphor. It is a good sedative and has an relaxing effect on brain waves. Used in massage oils to ease stiff joints and muscle spasms, including tics, excessive coughing, indigestion, menstrual cramps, and headaches (especially migraines). Use in steam, compress, or vapor rub to fight against colds, flu and laryngitis. Use in salves, creams or lotions to soothe burns, bruises and inflammation.
Marjoram is a low bushy perennial up to 2 ft. high with hairy stems, dark green oval leaves and small grayish white flowers. The name derives from the Greek ‘joy of the mountains’. Marjoram essential oil comes from Egypt, and is steamed distilled from the herb. The leaves are separated from the stems by being beaten with staves; they are discolored by the sun, broken and mixed with the debris of stems of which the odor is less strong.
Sweet Marjoram essential oil, origanum marjorana, blends well with the following essential oils: lavender, rosemary, bergamot, chamomile, cypress, cedarwood, tea tree and eucalyptus.
Cautions - Non toxic, non irritant, non sensitizing, not to be used during pregnancy.
Properties - Analgesic, anaphrodesiac, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, cordial, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, hypotensive, laxative, nervine, sedative, stomachic, tonic, vasodilator, vulnerary.

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