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What solvents are used to extract essential oils?

(a) Petroleum ether

(b) Ammonia

(c) Water

(d) Distilled water

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Correct option is (a) Petroleum ether

To explain: Essential oils are extracted by using solvents like ethanol, petroleum ether, hexane, and methanol. They have easy oil recovery, narrow boiling point and also have exceptional solubilizing capability.

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