Chemical Tests for Volatile Oils

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Natural drugs containing volatile oils can be tested by following chemical tests


Chemical Tests For Volatile Oils

 

 

Natural drugs containing volatile oils can be tested by following chemical tests:

 

1.     Thin section of drug on treatment with alcoholic solution of Sudan III develops red colour in the presence of volatile oils.

 

2.     Thin section of drug is treated with tincture of alkana, which produces red colour that indicates the presence of volatile oils in natural drugs.

 

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