Marjoram, Sweet Oil

Marjoram, Sweet Oil.....

Sweet marjoram is a perennial herb belonging to the mint family. It has small purple flowers and sweet scented leaves. It’s been used in unguents (a salve used for healing or soothing, similar to an ointment) and perfumes since known records. It was planted on graves to bring spiritual peace to the departed.

This herb was dedicated to Osiris, an Egyptian god of the Afterlife and overlord of agriculture.

The Freedom Bridge (Szabadsag Hid) Over the Danube River at Gellert Hill, Budapest, Hungary
The Freedom Bridge (Szabadsag Hid) Over the Danube River at Gellert Hill, Budapest, Hungary

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Botanical Name - Marjorana hortensis

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Flowering plant

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Warm, herbaceous, nutty, and woody

Largest Producing Countries - Hungary and Egypt

Traditional Use - Marjoram, sweet oil is used as fragrance components in soaps, detergents, cosmetics, and perfumes. It’s used in most major food categories, especially meats, seasonings and sauces, as well as soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

Properties - Analgesic, anti-aphrodisiac, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive, antiviral, bactericidal, calmative, carminative, cephalic, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic (mild), emmenagogue, expectorant, hypotenser, laxative, nervine, sedative, tonic, vasodilator, and vulnerary.

Benefits - Amenorrhea, anxiety, bronchitis, bruises, chilblains, colds, constipation, coughs, dysmenorrhea, dyspepsia, epileptic seizures, flatulence, grief, headache, head congestion, hypertension, hysteria, insomnia, leucorrhea, lumbago, muscular aches and stiffness, neurasthenia, PMT, sore throats, strains, ticks, and vertigo.

Blends Well With - Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, chamomile german, chamomile roman, cypress, eucalyptus citriodora, eucalyptus radiata, fennel, juniper, lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, pine, rosemary, tea tree, and thyme linalol.

Safety Data - Marjoram, sweet oil oil is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Its use while pregnant is not recommended.

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Budapest, Hungary

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