Essential Oils A-Z
- Nervine Strengthening and toning the nerves and nervous system
- Vasodilatory Increases dilation of capillaries (thus warming and increasing blood flow to an area causing it to redden)
- Warming Produces feeling of warmth when applied or rubbed
- Laxative Promotes evacuation of the bowel
- Emmenagogue Provokes menstruation – useful for clients suffering from absence of periods, but contraindicated for pregnant women
- Vulnerary An agent which helps wounds and sores by external application
- Hypotensive Lowers blood pressure
- Tonic Especially of the spleen
- Relaxing Has a relaxing effect on body and mind
- Antispasmodic Calms, slows muscle spasm
- Sedative Calms the nervous system
- Analgesic Painkilling effect
Skin ďż˝ helps heal bruising. Skeletal ďż˝ eases joint problems. Muscular ďż˝ eases aches and pains, especially after sport, also helps period cramps. Circulatory ďż˝ lowers high blood pressure, improves poor circulation and prevents chilblains. Nervous ďż˝ calms and soothes the emotions, especially in times of stress, grief and loneliness; good for headaches, insomnia and migraines. Digestive ďż˝ eases stomach cramps, indigestion and constipation. Respiratory ďż˝ eases congestion in the nose and sinuses, relieves asthma and bronchitis.
The greenish-yellow essential oil is distilled from the plantďż˝s flowering tops. The oil is extracted by steam distillation. Marjoram is mainly grown in Mediterranean countries such as Spain and France, also in North Africa.
A blend for the bath (to relax and sleep well) 2 drops of Marjoram 2 drops of Lavender Add the drops to an emulsifier such as a tablespoon of full fat milk or alcohol and pour into a warm and steamy bath
Traditionally, marjoram was give to those who felt unstable, physically debilitated or irritable. Ancient Greeks planted the herb on their ancestors graves to ensure them a peaceful sleep. The Romans said that the goddess Venus used marjoram to cure her son Erosďż˝ wounds and that it was scentless until she touched it. Marjoram is probably what is called ďż˝hyssopďż˝ in the Bible, where it is noted for personal cleansing and purification of the temples.
Marjoram is an emmenagogue and therefore should not be used during pregnancy