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Progress in Essential Oils: Lavender Oil

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Lavender Oil

A review of the literature reveals that lavender oil has been the subject of a number of reviews (Lawrence, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1985, 1987, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2010). Since then and earlier, lavender oil composition has been the subject of numerous studies.

Schmaus and Kubeczka (1985) compared the composition of lavender oil produced by hydrodistillation (pH: 7.0 water) with the volatiles obtained by extraction. As can be seen from the results, there are a number of minor changes in the quantitative data of many constituents, as well as the extensive hydrolysis of linalyl acetate to linalool.

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