Marjoram (Sweet marjoram or knotted majoram)

Origanum majorana

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is an annual or biennial plant sixty centimetres tall, of the Lamiaceae family and native to the Mediterranean basin (Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey).

  • Bath

  • Skin application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

The application of pure essential oil of marjoram should be avoided on sensitive skin and it should be diluted by half in a carrier oil. Do not use high doses or over a long period as it presents a risk of vertigo and addiction.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of three years, persons allergic to one of the components (limonene), subjects with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use, over a long period in persons with functional kidney failure (monoterpenes).

Anxiety
Place 2 to 3 drops of essential oil of marjoram in the wrist, on the solar plexus and along the spinal column, four times daily. Grief
Place 1 drop of essential oil of marjoram on the internal side of each wrist and breathe in deeply. 

Digestive pains
Swallow 2 drops of essential oil of marjoram on a neutral tablet, in a teaspoon of olive oil or a sugar lump as soon as the pain appears, if it is occasional, or before each meal over 24 hours, if chronic.

Sinusitis
1 drop of essential oil of Eucalyptus radiata, 1 drop of essential oil of marjoram. Take 2 drops on a neutral tablet three times daily for five days.

It grows very well on poor soils, but will suffer in wet cold. The stems are hairy, with rounded and slightly dentate green leaves.

Marjoram was born from an accident. At the time when the world smelled good, Amarakos was in charge of caring for perfumes at the court of Cinyras. One day he had the misfortune of breaking a container with an exquisite content, and "he shrivelled in shame". The gods took pity on him and transformed him in marjoram or oregano (amarakos). In Egypt, marjoram was part of the salves and fumigations. The Greeks applied it in plasters on painful limbs and offered it to the gods. Dioscorides identified the main virtue of the plant: "It fights acid fermentations of the stomach." According to the "Edict of Maximum" (301 A.D.), was sold in Rome at a hundred dinerii the pound, i.e. more than rose oil. In the Middle Ages, marjoram called "flea-cover", was good luck and cured almost anything. The famous German physician Fabricius von Hilden (1560-1634) used to cure the famous general Wallenstein from a "head cold" who recompensed him with "two hundred gold écus".

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