Marjoram – Thymus masticina – Spain
Family: Labiate (mint family)
Country of Origin: Spain
Extraction: Steam distilled or CO2 extraction from leaves and flowers
Volatility: Middle note (somewhat sedating)
Aroma: Warm, camphoraceous, herbal and spicy
Monoterpenes (28-40%): a&b pinene, sabinene, a& b phelladrenes
Sesquiterpenes (2-5%) – caryophyllene (2-5%)
Alcohols (20-30%) – a-terpineol (5-15%), linalool (2-8%)
Aldehydes (4-6%) – citral (4-6%)
Cautions / Safety Data
Do not use during the first six months of pregnancy. Avoid with low blood pressure and depression. Do not use on the skin full strength. Always dilute in appropriate carriers before use. Not for internal use. Use sparingly with asthma and other severe respiratory conditions. If pregnant or suffering from serious medical conditions, consult a qualified health professional, experienced in the use of essential oils.
Marjoram is considered by many to be a very sedative and relaxing oil.