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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Magnificent Marjoram

Marjoram essential oil is extracted from the leaves and flowering tops by a process of steam distillation. A thick, pale yellow liquid, marjoram oil has a warm, herbaceous, and slightly spicy scent that many people find very comforting.

The primary components of marjoram have a relaxing and balancing effect on the body and the mind. This magnificent oil soothes muscle and joint pain and helps to promote circulation. It is often used to treat muscle and joint pain due to overexertion, rheumatism and many types of arthritis.

Inhalations of essential oil of marjoram can help relieve respiratory ailments and asthma, as well as coughs and sinusitis.

Essential oil of marjoram also has beneficial effects on the hair and scalp; it helps condition the hair and promotes healthy blood circulation to the scalp which in turn supports healthy growth.

On an emotional level, the oil of marjoram is especially valuable during the grieving process, as it can comfort and help relax the body and the mind.

Essential Oil of Marjoram works well in combination with other oils such as basil, lime and peppermint for exhaustion and nervous tension. For menstrual cramping it can be added to clary-sage or for headaches it can be mixed with black pepper and a small amount of peppermint and applied as a cool compress to the back of the neck.

Remember that the magnificent marjoram is not just a wonderful cooking spice, it has many applications for health, comfort and well being.

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