Volatile Oils Extraction Methods

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Which method of volatile oil extraction is most suitable for removing citrus oils?

Ecuelle Method – Trough Line

Which method of volatile oil extraction is most suitable for obtaining peppermint oil?

Direct Steam Distillation

Which method of volatile oil extraction involves the use of bland fat/fixed oils and alcohol?

Enfleurage Method

Which method of volatile oil extraction is most suitable for obtaining empyreumatic oils?

Destructive Distillation (Dry Distillation)

Which method of volatile oil extraction requires a uniform temperature and is often expensive?

Extraction – Perfumery Industry

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Methods of Obtaining Volatile Oils

  • Water Distillation: used for dried plant materials, produces turpentine oil
  • Water and Steam Distillation: used for either dried or fresh plant materials, produces cinnamon oil and clove oil
  • Direct Steam Distillation: used for fresh plant materials, produces peppermint oil and spearmint oil

Specialized Methods

  • Ecuelle Method: used for removing citrus oils, involves a trough line
  • Enfleurage Method: used for flower petals, involves the use of bland fat/fixed oils and alcohol, and a glass plate

Extraction Methods

  • Extraction in Perfumery Industry: involves a uniform temperature, but is an expensive method

Destructive Distillation

  • Destructive Distillation (Dry Distillation): produces empyreumatic oils, involves heating wood resin without access to air, resulting in decomposition and the production of volatile compounds, leaving behind charcoal

This quiz covers various methods of obtaining volatile oils, including Water Distillation, Water and Steam Distillation, Direct Steam Distillation, Ecuelle Method, Enfleurage Method, and Extraction in the Perfumery industry. Learn about the specific plant materials and oils extracted using each method.

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