5 Surprising Marjoram Essential Oil Benefits & Uses

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If you’ve never heard of marjoram, it’s an herb commonly used in cooking. It grows GREAT here in Wisconsin, so I love growing it in my herb garden every year. As much as I love using marjoram in the kitchen, it’s even better as an essential oil!

Marjoram Essential Oil is known to soothe PMS and overall women’s health, but also for things like immune support and sunburn. It’s a summer favorite around here!

Marjoram Essential Oil Benefits, Uses, & Recipes

Soothes Discomfort

Marjoram Essential Oil can help soothe pain. When applied topically, it provides a warming sensation on the skin and may reduce inflammation as investigated in this study1. When used in aromatherapy, this study2 shows that Marjoram Oil is able to reduce pain and anxiety.

Improves Skin

The chemical carvacol found in Marjoram has antioxidant properties that can prevent cell damage caused by free radicals as this review3 suggested. Moreover, this study4 also noted that marjoram oil demonstrated antimicrobial effects that can help treat fungal infections and other skin diseases.

Supports Women’s Health

Marjoram is one of the best oils to use to support women’s health, especially relating to hormonal balance and menstruation. First off, this review3 also shows that Marjoram Essential Oil can restore hormonal activity and regulate menstrual cycles. Another published study5 also revealed the positive effects of Marjoram when it comes to Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) symptoms.

Supports Digestive System

The above-mentioned review3 on Marjoram Oil’s activities also showed that it has gastroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects. It stimulates digestion, encourages elimination, and helps soothe digestive problems like nausea, flatulence, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation.


The aroma of Marjoram can help ease stress because of its calming properties. Soothing stress is vital for wellness as it can help you sleep, make you less likely to get sick, and it supports healing. 

What Marjoram Essential Oil Blends Well With

Marjoram Essential Oil has a fresh, sweet, herbaceous scent. This oil smells so good that ancient Greeks planted marjoram on gravesites cause they believed it would bring peace to the dead. 

When creating your own recipes, try blending Marjoram Essential Oil with Coriander, Cypress, Helichrysum, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Nutmeg, Orange, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, or Thyme Essential Oils. 

Simply Earth Blends That Use This Oil

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Ladies’ Choice Essential oil Blend

Ladies’ Choice Blend is our special synergy blend for soothing PMS and other hormonal discomforts. It has a calming herbal and floral aroma that you will love!

Sweet Dreams Essential Oil Blend

Sweet Dreams is our kid-safe blend to give your child a natural nudge towards bedtime. It’s made up of kid-friendly essential oils that helps make a calm and relaxed ambiance perfect for sweet dreams.

What’s the Science Behind This Oil?

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Marjoram Essential Oil is made by distilling marjoram plant material and collecting all the oils created by the plant. This plant-created oil is composed of naturally occurring chemicals that are known to be able to do certain things. 

Marjoram is largely made up of 4-Terpineol (about 23%) and Linalool (about 18%). Here’s what these chemicals are known to do:


4-Terpineol kills germs out of the air, relieves pain, kills germs, fungi and viruses, soothes pain, eases digestion, and calms.


Linalool kills germs out of the air, relieves pain, kills germs and fungi, has anti-inflammatory effects, soothes pain, eases digestion, calms, and supports the immune system. 

How Earthies Are Using Marjoram Essential Oil

Check out what our Earthies have to say about the wonders of Marjoram Essential Oil!

What I Love About Marjoram Essential Oil

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Katie here, certified aromatherapist and creator of our Essential Oil Recipe Box. My favorite thing about Marjoram Essential Oil benefits is that it’s kid-friendly. It has so many uses, and I love that I get to use them with Gloria when she’s not feeling herself. When I’m using this oil with her, I know that it’s not only calming her, but also supporting her immune system as well! 

Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This oil is generally safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids age 2+.

This essential oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on cats. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post.

This essential oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on dogs. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA

Have You Tried Marjoram Essential Oil?

Learning about new oils is always a good thing. Marjoram is a lesser-known oil, so it’s missing from a lot of people’s collections! What is you favorite marjoram essential oil benefits? We’d love to hear about it on social media with @fromsimplyearth and in the comments below!

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  1. Erenler R, Sen O, Aksit H, Demirtas I, Yaglioglu AS, Elmastas M, Telci İ. Isolation and identification of chemical constituents from Origanum majorana and investigation of antiproliferative and antioxidant activities. 2016 Feb
  2. Johnson JR, Rivard RL, Griffin KH, Kolste AK, Joswiak D, Kinney ME, Dusek JA. The effectiveness of nurse-delivered aromatherapy in an acute care setting. 2016 Apr
  3. Bina F, Rahimi R. Sweet Marjoram: A Review of Ethnopharmacology, Phytochemistry, and Biological Activities. 2017 Jan
  4. Orchard A, van Vuuren S. Commercial Essential Oils as Potential Antimicrobials to Treat Skin Diseases. 2017 May
  5. Haj-Husein I, Tukan S, Alkazaleh F. The effect of marjoram (Origanum majorana) tea on the hormonal profile of women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a randomised controlled pilot study. 2016 Feb