Recent advances in the implementation of ultrasound technology for the extraction of essential oils from terrestrial plant materials: A comprehensive review

Ultrason Sonochem. 2024 Jul:107:106914. doi: 10.1016/j.ultsonch.2024.106914. Epub 2024 May 21.


Ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE) is an innovative process for recovering valuable substances and compounds from plants and various biomaterials. This technology holds promise for resource recovery while maintaining the quality of the extracted products. The review comprehensively discusses UAE's mechanism, applications, advantages, and limitations, focusing on extracting essential oils (EOs) from diverse terrestrial plant materials. These oils exhibit preservation, flavor enhancement, antimicrobial action, antioxidant effects, and anti-inflammatory benefits due to the diverse range of specific compounds in their composition. Conventional extraction techniques have been traditionally employed, and their limitations have prompted the introduction of novel extraction methods. Therefore, the review emphasizes that the use of UAE, alone or in combination with other cutting-edge technologies, can enhance the extraction of EOs. By promoting resource recovery, reduced energy consumption, and minimal solvent use, UAE paves the way for a more sustainable approach to harnessing the valuable properties of EOs. With its diverse applications in food, pharmaceuticals, and other industries, further research into UAE and its synergies with other cutting-edge technologies is required to unlock its full potential in sustainable resource recovery and product quality preservation.

Keywords: Essential oils; Extraction yield; Industrial applications; Plant materials; Ultrasound assisted extraction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chemical Fractionation / methods
  • Oils, Volatile* / chemistry
  • Oils, Volatile* / isolation & purification
  • Plants / chemistry
  • Ultrasonic Waves*


  • Oils, Volatile