What Is Marjoram Oil?
Marjoram is a plant that belongs to the Mediterranean region and has found its extensive usage in ancient and traditional medicine.
Marjoram essential oil is extracted by the steam distillation of dried and fresh leaves of knotted marjoram or marjoram plant.
Linalyl acetate, gamma terpineol, terpineol, sabinene hydrate, terpinolene and alpha-terpinene are the major components present in marjoram essential oil.
Uses of Marjoram Oil
Marjoram oil blends well with other essential oils like tea tree, chamomile, cedarwood, bergamot, eucalyptus and cypress. Marjoram extract oil is a perfect home remedy for most infections and ailments.
Marjoram oil is used in the following ways:
- As a calming oil
- As a pain reliever
- As a linen spray
- As a massage oil
- As a cooking oil
- As an expectorant
- In antiseptic creams
- In aromatherapy
Benefits of Marjoram Oil
Health benefits offered by marjoram oil are according to its specific properties, which include antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, antiviral, analgesic and aphrodisiac properties.
Listed are the key benefits of using marjoram essential oil:
1. Prevents wounds from getting septic
Marjoram oil is applicable for both internal and external wounds. Due to its antiseptic properties, the oil protects wounds from developing tetanus or becoming septic. It also allows quick blood flow to the affected area and plays a role in the clotting of blood.
2. Protects from bacterial infections
Marjoram oil contains anti-bacterial properties that help prevent the body from contracting bacterial infections affecting the skin, colon, urinary tract, digestive system and excretory system. The oil also protects the body from typhoid, malaria, colic and food poisoning.
3. Cures viral infections
Besides protecting the body from bacterial infections, the oil extract also treats viral infections and other related ailments, which include influenza, common cold, measles, mumps and in some cases pox.
4. Promotes sweating
Marjoram oil increases perspiration and promotes sweating. By doing so, it helps in the removal of harmful toxins, salts, sodium and excess water. Increased sweating also helps aid in weight loss and treats a fever by bringing down body temperature.
5. Deals with issues related to gas
Marjoram oil relaxes the abdominal area’s muscles and thereby allows a safe flow of gases outward and prevents further formation of gas.
The oil helps you avoid many problems related to gas, like vomiting, nausea, indigestion, chest pain, stomach pain, excessive flatulence and high blood pressure.
6. Avoids acidity issues
The inner lining of our stomach is exposed to corrosion due to the acidity that leads to the formation of painful gastric ulcers. This condition occurs due to the lack of bile, which is responsible for neutralizing the formed acids.
Marjoram oil avoids inner lining corrosion and maintains appropriate bile secretion in your stomach.
7. Promotes digestion
Marjoram oil extract promotes digestion by stimulating bile, acids, gastric juices and other digestive juices in your stomach. The aroma of marjoram oil stimulates the salivary glands to help in the digestion of food.
8. Reduces hormonal issues
Women dealing with an irregular menstrual cycle greatly benefit from the emmenagogue properties of marjoram oil. It helps clear obstructed menses and makes it more regular.
Marjoram oil also provides relief from other PMS symptoms like fatigue, abdominal cramps, headache and nausea. Marjoram oil helps in preventing early menopause.
9. Acts as a vasodilator
Another miraculous property of marjoram oil is that it acts as a vasodilator. It relaxes and widens the blood vessels, reduces blood pressure and eases the flow of blood. This process reduces strain on the cardiovascular system.
Marjoram oil is a blessing for those suffering from heart problems, brain hemorrhage and atherosclerosis.
10. Treats spasms
Marjoram oil treats almost every type of spasm that affects the body. In particular, it relieves intestinal, respiratory and limb muscle spasms efficiently. It also relieves pulled muscles, convulsions, spasmodic cholera and cramps caused by uncontrollable spasms.
Side Effects of Marjoram Oil
Although there are no reported side effects of marjoram oil, experts recommend children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers not to use marjoram oil. Also, make sure to perform a patch test before applying it.