It has an antibacterial and antiviral property.
This oil also cures various health problems like fever, headache, chronic cough and bronchitis etc.
Countries where it’s found
The largest producers of this lemon balm are USA, Hungary, Egypt and Italy.
History of the Plant
Lemon balm (Melissa) has come from the Greek word “bee” because its flowers attract bee which produces honey from the juice of its flower. It is cultivated in the Mediterranean region around 2000 yrs. In 16th century Lemon balm was used to encourage a bee to produce honey in beehives. So it had a great impact on the historical events. Now it is used all over the world for decorating food, making dishes, medicines etc.
There are two ways to process which extraction of lemon oil will take place. One is “soaking method” and the second method is “cold pressing method”. In the first method the leaves of lemon balm herb are soaked with the carrier oil. This carrier oil can be any oil like almond oil, sesame, apricot or olive oil. When this method is completed the carrier oil contains the properties of lemon balm herb which is used in many treatments of viral infection. The carrier oil is carefully chosen for its skin healing properties as well.
The second method is cold pressing method. This is the best method used worldwide because it does not do any damage to herbs or its stem. The Lemon balm is soaked in the carrier oil over 6 to 8 weeks. After this the herb is strained off. The extract which is left, is pure lemon oil.
Lemon Balm Essential Oil
Botanical Name : Melissa officinalis
Common Name : Melissa Oil, Melissa essential oil
CAS # : 8014-71-9, F.E.M.A. : 2113
Plant Parts Used : Flowers & Leaves
Extraction Method : Steam Distillation
Color & Odor : Yellow color with Fresh, lemony, herbaceous scent
Melissa Oil comes from plants just before first flowers appear as aroma is less interesting when plant is in full bloom. The oil is steam distilled from melissa leaves & tops.
Constituents & Specifications :
Geranial, neral, 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one, beta-caryophyllene, citronellal, geranyl acetate, aesculetine
Emenagogue, Stomachic, anti spasmodic, Carminitive, Febrifuge, Anti-bacterial, Cordial, Nervous system tonic
Benefits & Uses :
- It is useful in anxiety, depression, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, menstrual cramping, indigestion, nausea, asthma, bronchitis, coughing, insect repellent, eczema
- It is a very known mood lifter and has been used as an anti depressant since ages. It calms the nervous system and remove tensions or depression.
- It is considered quite warm oil which gives a feeling of warmth., function of respiratory system and cardio-vascular system.
- Lemon balm oil is considered to be a tonic for nervous system which keeps it in best of the shape and induces proper functioning.
- Any bacterial infections in our could be effectively treated be using lemon balm oil