Latin name: Thymus mastichina
Country of origin: Spain
Part of the plant: Flowering tops and dried leaves
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: 1,8 cineole, linalol, alpha-terpineol
Properties: Antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant.
Physical uses: Respiratory congestion, sinusitis, colds, bronchitis, infections (viral, bacterial), muscle aches, feeling cold, immune support.
Skin care uses: Not recommended for skin care use. (e3 defines skin care as a condition that affects the surface of the skin.)
Psychological uses: Mental fatigue, mental clarity.
Subtle uses: Clears energy blocks. Promotes self-confidence.
Notes: Use Marjoram, Spanish in a 1-5% dilution.
*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Essential 3 offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.
Which One to Choose Marjoram Spanish or Marjoram Sweet?
Similarities: Similar in name only.
Differences: Marjoram Spanish has a warm, spicy, camphoraceous aroma. Derived from the thyme plant, it does not have the calming qualities associated with a true marjoram. However, it is a good choice for infections, muscle aches and immune support. Marjoram Sweet is a true marjoram with a warm, woody-spicy, fresh, herbaceous aroma. It is good for muscle spasms, stress, and insomnia.
Methods of Use
After Shower: After showering, while your skin is still wet, put 1-3 drops of essential oil in the palm of one of your hands and rub your hands together. Quickly and evenly spread the essential oil over your legs, arms, and torso. Avoid sensitive-skin areas. For maximum skin hydration and to seal in moisture, apply cream, lotion or body oil directly to damp skin.
Chest Rub: Mix 5-15 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion, apply to upper chest and upper back.
Compress: Fill a basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring, and apply to the area in need for approximately 1-5 minutes. Dip, wring, and apply 3 more times.
Diffusion: Follow diffuser manufacturer’s instructions to fill the air with therapeutic aroma.
Easy alternatives when you don’t have a diffuser:
Place 2-4 drops of essential oil on several cotton balls or tissues; place nearby or tuck into the grate of fan or air vent in your home or car.
Facial Oil: Mix 2-5 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier such as jojoba, calendula, or rose hip seed oil.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Inhalation, Hot Water: Add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a small bowl of hot water. Keeping your eyes tightly closed, lean over the bowl and breathe in deeply yet gently, pause then exhale. Continue for 30 seconds. Inhale through your nose for respiratory or sinus conditions and through your mouth for throat issues or coughs. Repeat as desired.
Massage: Mix 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
Room Mist: Mix 30-60 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of water in a mister bottle. Shake well before each use and avoid getting the mist into the eyes.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
The Methods of Use are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
For external use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.
Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)