You probably don’t know that there are over 50 types of essential and herbal oils out there. So far, we’ve talked about safflower oil for our skin and hair, and chia seed oil for treating inflammation and itching (and of course as a great boost to our skincare routine).
We’ve got a new one on the list, but before you roll your eyes and say it works exactly the same as every other oil out there anyway, hear us out: of all the oils marketed as a solution for cardiovascular problems, this one is actually backed by science and research.
Here’s a little guessing game: ancient Greeks refer to this as the “joy of the mountain.” This herb has often been incorporated into making garlands and wreaths for any festivity and gathering.
The herb has been for culinary and cooking purposes during the Middle Ages, particularly in making pastries and preserving meat.
A study found that inhaling a mix of lavender, marjoram, neroli and ylang-ylang oils could lower the body’s fight-or-flight urge in the sympathetic nervous system and heighten your parasympathetic nervous system. This puts emphasis on the need to sit back and relax.
Marjoram oil works well as a vasodilator. Drugs that act as vasodilators allow the smooth muscles in the walls of the blood vessels to dilate and relax. When this happens, our bodies experience an ease in blood flow, therefore lowering our blood pressure. The end result is the cardiovascular system feels less strained and can prevent heart attacks and brain hemorrhaging caused by hypertension.
Wherein aphrodisiacs like Horny Goat Weed and Tongkat Ali enhance sexual health and performance to peak condition, marjoram – whether in oil, tea, or supplement form – does the opposite. But it doesn’t mean anything bad! Rather, marjoram works to suppress sexual desires, which can be useful for those who are a little too active.
It sounds like a mouthful, but it basically means if you’re struggling with irregular periods or hormonal imbalance like polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility, it’s worth giving marjoram oil a try.
The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics published a study in 2016 that looked into the effects of drinking marjoram tea to treat PCOS. The tea improved the sensitivity of the women to insulin and decreased the number of androgens in their body. Hormonal imbalance is often caused by an excess supply of androgen in the body.
Pregnant women shouldn’t be taking this, however. Because of marjoram function as an emmenagogue and regulating your period, it may force you to bleed and put your pregnancy at risk.
Healing Wounds and Treating Illnesses
Marjoram can also act as an antiseptic and prevents sepsis. This is because it prevents external and internal wounds from becoming even more infected as it fights to kill germs and bacteria. Don’t be surprised if you look at the label on your healing lotion and find marjoram oil among the active ingredients.
Whether you take it as an oil or a tea, it’s able to help you combat even the common cold, measles, colic, mumps, food poisoning, and other skin infection.
A study in 2014 published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry mixed marjoram, rosemary, and Greek and Mexican oregano herbs to serve as an inhibitor for the enzyme PTP1B, or protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B in the improvement of insulin levels of patients with diabetes.
The study also found out that marjoram, Mexican oregano, and rosemary also inhibited the production of DDP-IV, or dipeptidyl peptidase IV, which increases insulin tolerance.
Simply put: marjoram herbs can help manage your blood sugar!
Using marjoram oil can help regulate the digestive system since it acts as a stomachic. Just its aroma alone has the capability to stimulate your salivary glands, which plays a major role in digestion. Marjoram doesn’t just stimulate the production of saliva, but it ensures that the body healthily and properly secretes bile as well.
As a result, the stomach’s lining will never suffer from any harmful substance and processes caused by too much acid. Marjoram oil also revitalizes the function of the peristaltic movement in our intestines, thereby ensuring proper elimination from the colon and saves us from other digestive problems! This includes nausea, stomach cramps, constipation, and diarrhea.
It’s not just physical benefits you can get from marjoram oil. In fact, its popularity mainly stems from its ability to help the mind and spirit. Here are are some more benefits to our spiritual and mental well-being.
When used aromatically and topically, it benefits our nervous system by inducing feelings of calm and optimism. It’s able to relieve a headache and stress, promoting better brain and mental health.
If you’re doing pranayama, which is a facet of yoga that gives emphasis on breathing control, mix the following in a diffuser: rosemary oil, tangerine oil, and marjoram oil. Doing so will create a better atmosphere for meditation and turn away any negative energy you hoard inside.
Marjoram oil isn’t harmful, but like all traditional and alternative methods, it’s best to consult a physician first. Pregnant women should avoid this altogether. If you are already taking prescribed medication, be careful what you supplement with or what other things you mix with your food without consulting your physician.
There are a lot of things on the spectrum that can cause allergic reactions or hypersensitivity. So if you’re planning on using marjoram oil to treat a wound or infection, make sure to do a test on a small part of your skin first. Otherwise, you may end up worsening your skin’s condition.
You might be wondering why most recommendations don’t include using any oil by itself. This is because of its possible side effects. Blending it with other oils that can counteract any side effects is the better way to try it before deciding if you want to continue its usage.
If you want to blend some oils with marjoram, here are a few options: chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, and bergamot.