Marjoram

Other Names:

Oregano, Sweet Marjoram, Wild Marjoram, Knotted Marjoram, Pot Marjoram

Benefits

  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiinflammatory
  • Antiviral
  • Antianxiety
  • Liver protective

Marjoram


Origanum majorana

Marjoram (Origanum majorana) is a perennial herb of the mint family that is known for it's mild, sweet, oregano-like aroma and flavor, especially in the Mediterranean region. It was used by ancient Greeks to make wreaths and garlands and was believed as a symbol of peace, harmony and happiness. Marjoram is also used in both Ayurveda and Yunani medicine to cure various human ailments. Marjoram contains many notable phytonutrients, minerals, and vitamins, which include: eugenol sabinene, alpha-terpinene, cymene, terpinolene, linalool, cis-sabinene hydrate, linalyl acetate, terpinen-4-ol and terpineol.

Laying stimulant: Several chicken keeper blogs recommend giving laying hens marjoram as a feed supplement; mixing the dried, crushed herbs in a large bowl to add to the feed.

Antibacterial: Essential oils in marjoram herb have been found to have antibacterial functions by inhibiting many pathogenic bacteria like Staphylococcus, E.coli, shigella, proteus, and Pseudomonas.

Summary of Marjoram-related Research in Poultry

FormBird typeAmountTime periodResultsRef
Leaf powderBroiler chicks0.5 - 1.5%42 daysSignificantly increased body weight
Improved feed conversion ratio (FCR)
A . Ali 2014
OilBroilers1 g/kg25 daysShowed more positive effects on performance than oregano or yarrowD Cross et al., 2007
FreshBroilers10 g/kg25 daysShowed more positive effects on performance than oregano or yarrowD Cross et al., 2007

References

Mountain Rose Herbs