Garlic oil is the volatile oil derived from garlic.[1][2][3] It is usually prepared using steam distillation and can also be produced via distillation using ether. It is used in cooking and as a seasoning, a nutritional supplement, and also as an insecticide.


Garlic oil is typically prepared using steam distillation, where crushed garlic is steamed with the resultant condensation containing the oil.[1] Garlic oil contains volatile sulfur compounds such as diallyl disulfide, a 60% constituent of the oil.[1][4][5][6] Steam-distilled garlic oil typically has a pungent and disagreeable odor and a brownish-yellow color.[5] Its odor has been attributed to the presence of diallyl disulfide.[5] To produce around 1 gram of pure steam-distilled garlic oil, around 500 grams of garlic is required.[1] Undiluted garlic oil has 900 times the strength of fresh garlic, and 200 times the strength of dehydrated garlic.[5]

Ether can also be used to extract garlic oil.[1] A type of garlic oil involves soaking diced or crushed garlic in vegetable oil, but this is not pure garlic oil; rather it is a garlic-infused oil.[1]


Garlic oil is used as a nutritional supplement, and is sometimes marketed in the form of capsules, which may be diluted with other ingredients.[1][5] Some commercial preparations are produced with various levels of dilution, such as a preparation that contains 10% garlic oil.[5] Herbal folklore holds that garlic oil has antifungal and antibiotic properties,[2] but there is no clinical research confirming such effects. It is also sold in health food stores as a digestive aid.[7]

It can also be used as an insecticide, diluted with water and sprayed on plants.[2][8]

Stabilized garlic flavor blend is a proprietary mixture of dehydrated garlic powder infused with garlic oil, which increases the flavor of the garlic powder.[9]

Garlic-flavored oil

Garlic-flavored oil: vegetable oil infused with garlic used for seasoning
Garlic-flavored oil: vegetable oil infused with garlic used for seasoning

Garlic-flavored oil is produced and used for cooking and seasoning purposes, and is sometimes used as an ingredient in seasoning mixtures.[1][5] This differs from essential garlic oil, and typically involves the use of chopped, macerated or crushed garlic placed in various vegetable oils to flavor the oil.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Stanway, P. (2012). The Miracle of Garlic: Practical Tips for Health & Home. Watkins Media. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-78028-607-5. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Ellis, B.W.; Bradley, F.M.; Atthowe, H. (1996). The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control: A Complete Problem-Solving Guide to Keeping Your Garden and Yard Healthy Without Chemicals. Rodale Books. p. 473. ISBN 978-0-87596-753-0. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  3. ^ Singhal, R.; Kulkarni, P.R.; Rege, D.V. (1997). Handbook of Indices of Food Quality and Authenticity. Woodhead Publishing Series in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition Series. Taylor & Francis. p. 403. ISBN 978-1-85573-299-5. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Mckenna, D.J.; Jones, K.; Hughes, K.; Tyler, V.M. (2012). Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements, Second Edition. Taylor & Francis. p. 377. ISBN 978-1-136-39363-1. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Farrell, K.T. (1998). Spices, Condiments and Seasonings. Chapman & Hall food science book. Springer US. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-8342-1337-1. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Linskens, H.F.; Adams, R.P.; Crespo, M.E.; Jackson, J.F.; Deans, S.G.; Dobson, H.E.M.; Dunlop, P.; Erdelmeier, C.A.J.; Ghosh, A.; Hammond, E.G. (2012). Essential Oils and Waxes. Molecular Methods of Plant Analysis. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 105. ISBN 978-3-642-84023-4. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  7. ^ Rosenbaum, M.D. (1990). Editorial Research Reports, 1989. CQ RESEARCHER. Cq Press. p. 778. ISBN 978-0-87187-552-5. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  8. ^ Baser, K.H.C.; Buchbauer, G. (2015). Handbook of Essential Oils: Science, Technology, and Applications, Second Edition. CRC Press. p. 659. ISBN 978-1-4665-9047-2. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  9. ^ Indian Spices. Spices Export Promotion Council. 1996. p. 46. Retrieved December 29, 2017.

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