10 Recipes with Marjoram Essential Oil – Oreganum marjorana

Marjoram - pic via www.podgardening.co.nz

Marjoram – pic via http://www.podgardening.co.nz

Marjoram is an essential oil I use frequently with clients as it has a beautiful scent and some wonderful qualities. It hails from the Lamiacae family (along with many other herbs), the genus Oreganum and the species marjorana. It has a much more pleasant scent than oregano and therefore has more uses in aromatherapy.

In aromatherapy today marjoram is used for –

* aching and sore muscles

* general body pain and as a warming tonic

* to help someone deal with grief and as a sedative for distraught emotions

* to help with falling asleep

* to counteract stress and generally for calming and soothing

* to reduce coughing

Let’s try out 10 recipes –

An essential oil steam in the shower will do wonders for your mind and energy levels - pic via completehealthcircle.com

An essential oil steam in the shower will do wonders for your mind and energy levels – pic via completehealthcircle.com

1. Put A few Drops Of Oil into the bottom of the Shower

This works in a similar way to just taking a whiff straight from the bottle, but if you’ve got an extra minute, it will give you a completely different experience. Your whole body will be immersed in an essential oil steam. Just cover the drain with a cloth or your foot for a couple of minutes and breathe in the medicinal goodness.

Marjoram in the shower will help you unwind at the end of a very stressful day, or give you warming shower before bed on a cold night.



Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends

Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends

2. Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!

 “Planning My Day”

Start out nice and calm –

Marjoram     1 drop

Bergamot    2 drops



Marjoram    1 drop

Nutmeg       1 drop

Mandarin     1 drop


“Warm Heart”

Marjoram    1 drop

Rose 3%     3 drops  * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba


“Serenity Now”

Marjoram                    1 drop

Roman Chamomile     2 drops * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

Lavender                     1 drop


Classic oil burner with a twist pic via top3.com.au

Classic oil burner with a twist – pic via top3.com.au


3. Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil


Please go away –

Marjoram     8 drops

Lavender      8 drops

Peppermint  5 drops

Orange        4 drops


“Chill Out Sunday Sessions”

Marjoram       6 drops

Petitgrain      10 drops

Peru Balsam   6 drops

Patchouli        3 drops


Rub oil into your body - it's good!

Rub oil into your body – it’s good!

4. Nourishing Body Oil Blend

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil. It’s always best to patch test first, before you apply all over.

***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.

For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”

“Achey Breaky Body”

Marjoram     3 drops

Ginger         2 drops

Rosemary   2 drops


“Pre Yoga”

Marjoram       3 drops

Lemongrass   3 drops

Black Pepper  1 drop


“Apre Run”

Marjoram    3 drops

Rosewood  3 drops

Fennel         2 drops


Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

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5 thoughts on “10 Recipes with Marjoram Essential Oil – Oreganum marjorana

  1. Dearest S
    The Dandy has three marjoram plants, all slightly different varieties so I’m told. I adore them and am forever snipping some here and there simply to rub between my hands.
    Marjoram, black pepper and ginger seems to work well in my burner, though I am guided by pleasure in the smell I would be curious to know if this combination had any curative qualities…
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • Dearest Mr Dandy,
      how fabulous you have scented plants in your garden (of course!). The blend you describe says to me you are an alchemist and have been a healer in past lives. It is powerful AND medicinal too. I am about to release a book which speaks to the spirituality of essential oils and how they pertain to one’s destiny so as soon as it’s released I’ll let you know. In the meantime I feel:
      Marjoram – release, relieve pain (emotional and physical)
      Black Pepper – courage, go and live your dharma
      Ginger – warmth, softness
      Your blend is about bringing the strengths you have garnered from other lives/dimensions, to this world now so you can have the courage to reach and heal people in this life (which you already do through your blog). Keep up the great work my friend, you are needed for our evolution x

      • Dearest S
        I will look forward to the book and agree wholeheartedly about the fabulousness of growing herbs.
        Unfortunately, my balcony, as beautifully art-deco as she is could not be described in any way as a garden, but currently supports two types of mint, flowering and lemon thyme, marjoram, oregano, English, French and butterfly lavender, rosemary, sage and chives a plenty. Inside we have basil, coriander, more thyme and curly and flat parsley. As soon as I can find a home for chervil it will make an arrival… I wonder what other aromatic plants you would recommend for home cultivation?
        Fear not, I shall wait for the book.
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

      • Wow that sounds amazing you have a wonderful (balcony) garden. I have a little garden but it doesn’t get enough sun – even in summer – to grow herbs or anything really. It’s full of green plants that don’t require rays. I recommend Melissa officianalis (lemon balm) it is soooooo expensive as an oil I just spent a lot of $ on 5mls of Melissa. A lot! Maybe you could do a pictoral blog on your garden? Thanks Mr Dandy

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