Marjoram Essential Oil (Origanum majorana)


Marjoram may also be referred to as knotted marjoram, sweet marjoram, pot marjoram, marjoram. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the leaves and flowers/buds.


Marjoram oil comes from the flowers and leaves of the Origanum majorana plant. It has a spicy, herbal scent.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Floral Herbaceous Sweet Woody

  • Common Name(s): knotted marjoram, sweet marjoram, pot marjoram, marjoram
  • Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Origanum
  • Chemical Family: Monoterpenes, Monoterpenols
  • Major Compounds: Terpinen-4-ol, (Z)-Sabinene Hydrate, Linalyl Acetate, Gamma-Terpinene, a-Terpineol, (E)-Sabinene Hydrate
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear to Faint Yellow
  • Indigenous Country: Egypt
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowers/Buds
  • Shelf Life: 5 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan
  • Not Pregnancy Safe Not recommended or safe if pregnant or nursing

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Marjoram:

Don't use marjoram oil during pregnancy.

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety(Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 346-347.]

Safety Precautions for Marjoram:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb'sGuide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb'sEssential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, readEssential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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