Plant/part: Herb/flowering heads/leaves (source : libya, egypt and mediterranean)
Latin name: Origanum majorana
Family: Lamiaceae (labiatae)
Aroma: Warm, penetrating and slightly spicy.
Properties: This is a calming, soothing oil that has a warming effect on both mind and body. It helps to relieve the miseries of the common cold, including congestion and muscle aches and pains, and is also comforting in times of stress. It has a warm, woody odour with spicy undertones. Useful on tired muscles and for massaging on abdomen during menstruation. Used to regulate the nervous system and treat insomnia. Add to after-sports rub. It is pleasant in a hot bath, especially blended with lavender.
Chemical constituents: Carvacrol, thymol, camphor, borneol, origanol, pinene, sabinene, termineol.
Precautions: Do not use during pregnancy. Care must be taken due to its sedative action – use sparingly.
Blends: Cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, lavender, mandarin, orange, nutmeg, rosemary,
ylang ylang, eucalyptus, thyme.