What is Volatile Oil?

Volatile oil: The oil that comes in contact with the atmosphere by vaporization at a normal temperature is known as volatile oil.

Occurrence: Volatile oil is present in different glands of plants.

Method of extraction: Oil may be extracted by sublimation, smashing or by using solvent.


  • It is usually used as perfume.
  • In preparing medicines.
  • In preparing permanent microscopic slides
  • In preparing beverage.
  • It is mostly used in cosmetic industry.