Marjoram (Thymus mastichina)
Fun fact: To suppress sexual desire and impulses, many religious institutions used marjoram for its anaphrodisiac affect.
Its fresh, warm, and slightly woody aroma reflects the meaning of marjoram's botanical name: joy of the mountain. This popular herb has been used therapeutically for centuries. Ancient Greeks used it to calm muscle spasms, relieve excess fluid in the tissues, and also as an antidote to poison. Greek women also used an oil made with marjoram on their heads as a relaxant. In 16th century Europe, the herb was scattered on the floors of rooms everywhere to mask unpleasant smells. Today, while marjoram may be best known for lending a unique flavor to foods, it's also a favorite of aromatherapists everywhere. With therapeutic value to win challenges from ailments like anxiety and high blood pressure, marjoram is a valuable and pleasing aromatic to have on hand.
Mixes well with: Atlas cedarwood, bergamot, cinnamon, clary sage, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, orange, pine, tangerine, rosemary, rosewood, tea tree, thyme, and ylang ylang.
Parts used: Fresh and dried leaves and flowering tops.
Extraction method: Steam distillation.
Safety Information: Avoid if pregnant. Not suitable for small children. If diagnosed with depression, do not use as it has a strong, sedative effect. Excessive use may cause drowsiness.