Marjoram is the new heart and soul of our new Yemaya blend. This magical cousin of oregano is a euphoric herb that gives our Yemaya blend its potent nurturing powers. Beneficial to both mind and body, marjoram is one of the few herbs that can beat lavender as a sedative.

Marjoram the Plant

Marjoram is a perennial herb, but can grow into a small shrub. As a member of the mint family it is an extremely aromatic plant. . It’s scientific name,  Origanum marjorana, shows us just how closely related it is to oregano. They share the same genus. In ancient times marjoram was used by the Greeks and Romans. The Romans called marjoram “the herb of happiness”.  As for the Greeks,, the name oregano derives from the Greek phrase “joy of the mountains”. As a matter of fact, in Greek mythology Aphrodite created marjoram as a symbol of peace and happiness. 

As a native of the mediterainen region Marjoram is relatively new to us in the States. It didn’t make it across the pond until after WWII. In its native regions the leaves and flowering tops are cut and dried to use as a culinary spice. The benefits of marjoram reach far beyond the kitchen however. The ancient Greeks often used marjoram in their culinary dishes, as well as in fragrances and cosmetics. The components of marjoram also make this a very beneficial herb for your mind and body. 

Marjoram the Essential Oil

Marjoram is a middle note with a warm, spicy, and slightly herby scent. The main components of marjoram essential oil are borneol, camphor, and pinene. These phytochemicals help make marjoram one of the top botanical sedatives. Many people have used lavender as their go to sedative oil. On the nights I have severe racing brain marjoram is my go to magic potion.  

Marjoram for your mind

I think I’ve mentioned 5 or 6 hundred times that marjoram is a powerful sedative. As a tonic, nervine, and sedative, marjoram is wonderful for fighting insomnia, anxiety, and stress. Some say it also helps to cope with sorrow. Traditionally, marjoram is known as a hapy, euphoric herb. 

Energetically marjoram is used to protect the home. Releasing negativity and promoting security and happiness in the home are some of the ways our ancestors have used marjoram. Marjoram is thought to promote emotional healing. It is a good herb to use when you are seeking to change for the better. Not only will it help release the negativity preventing you from moving forward, it also boosts the courage needed to make changes in your life. 

Marjoram for your body

Respiratory System

Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Anti-bacterial, Anti-viral

Marjoram is antispasmodic, expectorant, bactericide, and antiviral. All of these properties equals a potent ally for the respiratory system. It's useful in easing spasmodic coughs, such as those brought on by asthma and bronchitis. A good way to use marjoram in this capacity is in a diffuser, or in a steam inhalation. This puts the medicine right in the respiratory tract, where it is needed most. Its antibacterial and antiviral properties make it a good choice to help combat colds and flu. 

Digestive System

Antispasmodic, bitter, carminative

Marjoram's antispasmodic properties also make this herb a nice little tonic for digestive problems. Stomach cramps, and IBS symptoms can be eased with marjoram.  This magic little herb can also stimulate your appetite, help with gas, and it can also be used as a laxative. I would drink a tea made of the dried herbs to reap these benefits. Again, putting the medicine where it is needed. 

Musculoskeletal System

Antispasmodic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory

A third system marjorams antispasmodic properties somes out to shine in is the musculo-skelital system. Combined with its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, marjoram is wonderful for treating pain associated with arthritis, both osteo and rheumatoid. Muscular sprains and strains are also no match for the mighty marjoram. Combined with some epsom salts in a nice bath would be a wonderful way to reap these benefits, and capitalize on its sedative and relaxing properties at the same time.

Reproductive System

Antispasmodic, analgesic, emmenagogue

But wait, that’s not all! Marjoram is a potent potion for women.  Marjoram is useful in helping with all manners of women's issues. Once again the antispasmodic and analgesic components can ease menstrual cramps. Marjoram can counter scant, light, or missing periods. This is also where we need to use it with caution. Marjoram, as wonderful as she is, is NOT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN. Pregnant women certainly don’t want to be anywhere near this emmenagogue!


Marjoram is all about beauty, vitality, well-being, and fertility. This herb really wants nothing but the best for you. She is the perfect choice to be front and center of our new Yemaya blend. Yemaya is the ocean goddess in Vodou. She embodies maternal, nurturing love. Marjoram is traditionally associated with Yemaya, and once you look at the properties and intentions they both bring to the table it is very clear why they match up so well. 

Marjoram is a soother, and a healer. She is a wonderful addition to anyone's home apothecary, unless you are pregnant. Marjoram is happy to use its sedative properties to help after the baby is born. Pregnant women stay away. Everyone else, go explore this wonderful herb! If you already use it you know, if it’s a new herb or essential oil to you, I know you will love her!