The cinnamon oil is obtained from the plant of the species with name Laurus Cinnamomum. The oil is produced by the process of steam distillation. The spicy and warm aroma of cinnamon has high odor strength. Previously the cinnamon plants were available in fewer parts of South Asia, but today the cinnamon spice and cinnamon essential oil is distributed across the world.
According to a recent research, the list of cinnamon benefits is long. The oil possesses strong anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-viral properties and anti-platelet properties, which makes it a potent essential for enhancing immunity. The most significant activities of cinnamon oil in supplements have been as antimicrobials and antiseptics.
The antibiotics have been widely used as a supplement in animal feed for a long time to improve the efficiency of nutrient utilization. On the other hand, usage of antibiotics as supplements in animal food has been banned in various parts of the world. This is due to the presence of deposits in milk and other farm product and their adversarial effects on humanoid health. In the last few years, there has been an increased study on the potential of plant extracts such as essential oils as replacements for antibiotics in animal feed and growth agents in nourishment.
Essential oils as dietary supplements for dairy cattle
The cows that have cinnamon supplemented feed show increased milk production, increased fat-corrected milk yields, and increased components. The cinnamon essential oils have a potential to improve rumen fermentation by reducing acetate proportion production of propionate. Also, the oil improves nutrient utilization and growth performance in beef cattle.
Cinnamon oil and its component for poultry
The Cinnamon oil is proved to improve the shelf life and quality of chicken meat and increases the productivity of broiler chicken. Various herbal products with abstracts of garlic, rosemary, cinnamon, and lemon are the suitable substitute for the decrease in mortality rate in turkeys. A recent research summarizes that adding the combination of plant extracts from oregano and Cinnamon has prominently changed the gene expression of chickens, resulting in weight gain as well as protection against an injected intestinal.