Marjoram Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

We all could use a little more happiness and positivity in our lives! Marjoram essential oil can offer just that — with its mood-boosting aroma, calming effects, and ability to support your body’s systems, it is an oil you want to keep nearby!

Marjoram Essential Oil Background

Known as a symbol of happiness in ancient times, Marjoram, or Origanum majorana; has had many medicinal and culinary uses through the centuries. Now, through steam distillation of its leaves and stems, we are able to harness its power and incorporate it into our daily routines!

You can use Marjoram essential oil in place of the herb in your dishes: 1 drop equals about 1-2 teaspoons of dried marjoram. But its benefits don’t end there! It is a versatile powerhouse oil you won’t want to be without.

Emotional Support

Essential oils are so powerful in helping us manage our emotions and keep a positive mood. Marjoram is a great oil to add to your routines because it can lessen your feelings of stress.1

Diffuse it with Lavender or citrus oils like Bergamot or Lemon or dilute and apply it to the back of your neck or pulse points. You can even just inhale its scent directly from the bottle to let the sweet, calming, herbaceous aroma melt away your stress.2 Just inhaling the scent of Marjoram can help lower your blood pressure: its effects on your body are powerful!3

Brain Boost

Another reason Marjoram essential oil is so helpful is because it directly affects your brain’s function. It supports your hippocampus, which is the main part of the brain that helps you manage your emotions. It also can help with the areas that deal with concentration, memory, and processing.4 Using Marjoram essential oil regularly can help you manage your stress. It also helps you stay alert, focused, and able to process all that is going on around you!5

Soothing Massage with Marjoram

Marjoram essential oil is useful for relieving a tired mind, but it can also soothe your aching body. Whether you are sore from a workout or just from the course of your daily activities, Marjoram is a great oil to add to a soothing massage.

Dilute it and apply to your muscles before and after a workout to give your body a boost and help it recover more quickly.6 Terpinen-4-ol, a main constituent in Marjoram essential oil, cuts down on that inflammation that causes us so many problems.7,8

So whether your body is tired out from exercise or just life, treat yourself to a soothing massage that will help your body recover and set your mind at ease! Dilute Marjoram essential oil with a carrier oil before applying it topically.

To give your massage even more power, try combining Marjoram with other powerhouse oils like Lavender, Cypress, Frankincense, Bergamot, or Wild Orange!

Hormone Support

Insulin is an important hormone in your body to balance blood sugar and keep you in balance. PCOS and some other hormonal conditions have been tied to problems processing insulin, but Marjoram essential oil can help your body process insulin more efficiently.9

Marjoram can also give your adrenal glands a boost to help them produce more of what you need and less of what you don’t.10 Since your adrenals are directly tied to your stress response, you definitely want to get all the help you can to keeping those little glands healthy!

Boost Your Immune System

We put our immune systems through a lot. To help yourself and your family stay healthy, try adding Marjoram essential oil to your routine! Its constituents help cut down on inflammation and give your immune system some help in fighting off the nasty invaders that knock us down.

You can take Marjoram essential oil in a veggie capsule, or even just add a drop to a glass of water, water infusion, or your morning smoothie to harness its power in your body!11

Sleep Support

Marjoram essential oil can calm your mind, soothe your body, and help you drift off in peace to get the rest you need. It is also a great oil for that cranky kid who just needs a nap! Try diffusing it in the evening as you wind down, or dilute and apply it to the bottom of your (or your kids’) feet to help you get the rest you need.12

This blend that I want to share with you is so helpful to shut off that mental chatter and soothe the worry that can keep you up at night. Keep a rollerball by your bed so you have it in reach for those nights when you need some help! Or try combining it with other powerful sleep supportive essential oils like Lavender and Vetiver.

Sweet Dreams Rollerball Blend

10 drops Lavender essential oil
6 drops Vetiver essential oil
4 drops Marjoram essential oil
4 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil

Add the essential oils to a 10 mL glass rollerball bottle. Fill to the top with the carrier oil, replace the rollerball top and cap, and swirl gently to blend. To use, apply to the soles of your feet, pulse points, and back of the neck.


  8. Hart P, et al. Terpinen-4-ol, the main component of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil), suppresses inflammatory mediator production by activated human monocytes. Inflamm. Res. Off. J. Eur. Histamine Res. Soc. 2000;49(11):619–626.

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