What IS lavender oil?

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This week we take a teeny tiny step into the vast, intimidating sea of essential oils. Not to worry, we're sticking to the chemistry. And we're exploring one of the smelliest, purply-est ones. Firstly, what is lavender oil? And how do we get it out of the lavender plant? And what does it do? And can I put it on my meatball sub?
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References from this episode
  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6767019/#B4-molecules-24-03270
  2. Antimicrobial activity of the essential oils of Lavandula stoechas flowers extracted by microwave - Sanaz Sadani and Alireza Shakeri
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17361051/
  3. Relationship between Bioactivity and Chemical Composition of Commercial Essential Oils - Maria Lis-Balchin, Stanley G. Deans, and Elizabeth Eaglesham
  4. Lavender essential oil: a review - Heather MA Cavanaugh and Jenny M Wilkinson
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5579607/
  5. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0801187
  6. https://sites.udel.edu/coe-engex/2017/04/23/epsom-salts-the-inconvenient-truth/

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