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The aroma of Sweet Marjoram essential oil is warm, with a spicy hint resembling nutmeg.
Common Name: Marjoram, Sweet
Plant Part: Flowering top
Form: Essential Oil
Family: Lamiaceae (Libiatae)
Synonyms: Majorana hortensis, knotted marjoram
Origin: Native to the Mediterranean region. The oil is mostly produced in Morocco, France, Tunisia, Egypt, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary.
Botanical Description: An herbaceous plant up to 0.6-meter (1 to 2 ft) high. Perennial bushy plant, but annual or biennial in Europe. It has oblique rhizome, hairy shrub like stalks, opposite dark green oval leaves, and white or red flowers in clustered bracts. The plant is highly aromatic.
Method of Extraction: Essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dried flowering herb. The oil is a pale amber to pale yellow mobile liquid. Yield 0.3%.
Aroma Profile: Sweet Marjoram has a spicy, camphoraceous, and aromatic top note. The middle note is warm, spicy, camphoraceous, woody, and nutmeg-like or cardamom-like. The dry out note is a warm, woody aroma.
Major Constituents: Terpin-4-ol (20%), ã-terpinene (20%), sabinene hydrate (12 to 15%), á-terpineol, sabinene, linalool
Common Adulterants: Tea tree oil, marjoram wild oil
Regulatory Status: GRAS 182.20
Aroma Benefits: cleansing, purifying, relaxing
Blends Well With: Lavender, bergamot, cypress, chamomile wild, eucalyptus, tea tree, rosemary, camphor, cedarwood
Safety Data: Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, non-irritant. Avoid during pregnancy and if epileptic.
Directories: Essential Oils
Description: The aroma of Sweet Marjoram essential oil is warm, with a spicy hint resembling nutmeg.