Blends well with:
Roman Chamomile, Basil, Geranium
Its sedative property aids in overcoming hangover and insomnia.
This oil is added and perfume and cosmetic preparations
Countries where it’s found:
The plant is native to the Mediterranean region and southern Europe. The largest producers of the oil are the United States, Egypt, Italy, and Hungary.
The plant is best harvested in spring or fall season. The plant is harvested when it is still young for better yield.
History of the Plant:
The plant is called as “The Elixir of Life” by Paracelsus in the 15th century. It was included by the French Carmelite nuns in tonic water during the 14th century. The word “Melissa” is the Greek word for honeybee. Arabs use the oil as a sedative and as a nerve tonic. In 1988, Europeans honored the plant as the medicinal plant of the year.
The oil is extracted from leaves and stem by steam distillation. The yield is about 0.01 to 0.02 percent. The oil is pale yellow in color with a watery viscosity and has a sweet, citrus-like smell.
Commonly known Benefits
Traditionally the oil has been used in preparing medicines for acne, neuralgia, irritated skin, eczema, insect bites, and insect stings.
The oil’s calming and relaxing properties provides relief for the entire nervous system. It soothes conditions such as nervous indigestion, nervous tension, nervous asthma, and nervousness.
Melissa oil acts as a mild tranquilizer with no side effects.
The oil is a natural nervine and relaxes the muscle when massaged onto it.
The essential oil of Melissa when applied topically provides relief from broken sleep, nightmares, dementia, agitation, irritation, and anxiety.
It helps the digestive system and offers relief from nausea, flatulence, vomiting, dyspepsia, fever, and dysentery.
The oil’s tropical treatment treats cold sores.
Children with hyperactive tendencies can benefit from this oil.
Melissa oil induces sweating thereby aiding in flushing out toxins from the body. It relieves congestion, asthma, bronchitis, and cough.
The oil’s antimicrobial properties help in fighting viral infections such as herpes simplex, mumps, and hay fever.
Its analgesic property alleviates muscle cramps, and spasm.
Melissa oil relieved headaches, migraines, reduce nausea, vomiting, releases stress, and tension, and relieves from morning sickness.
The oil’s carminative property helps in stimulating the appetite, calms the digestive system, and relieves colic, gas, stomach aches, and indigestion.
The oil lowers blood pressure, restores equilibrium in cases such as vertigo, dizziness, and shock.
Certain studies have indicated that the oil may help with hyperthyroid conditions.
Melissa oil is used in the treatment of skin allergies such as eczema, psoriasis, inflammations, dermatitis, redness, swelling, and itchiness.
Melissa Essential Oil
Botanical Name : Melissa Officinalis
Common Name : Melissa essential oil, Lemon balm oil
CAS # : 8014-71-9, F.E.M.A. : 2113
Plant Parts Used : Leaves & Tops
Extraction Method : Steam Distillation
Color & Odor : Pale Yellow Liquid with Sweet Citrus Citronella odor
Melissa oil has a sweet, fresh and citrus-like smell. The natural essential oil comes in pale yellow color and has a watery viscosity.
Constituents & Specifications :
monoterpenaldehydes citral a, citral b and citronellal.
Specific Gravity : 0.880 – 0.920 @ 20°C
Refractive Index : 1.455 – 1.485 @ 20°C
Melissa oil has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-depression, Cordial, stomachic, nervine Febrifuge, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, tonic and choleretic properties.
Benefits & Uses :
- Melissa essential oil has therapeutic properties used for nerve calming applications
- Melissa oil also has anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, stomachic and choleretic properties.
- Melissa essential oil tranquil the nerves and has brilliant qualities in fighting depression.
- The natural necessary oil helps in cases of hysterics and panic as well as helps to sluggish the heartbeat, along with high blood pressure eases
- Melissa oil works like a tonic to the heart while regulating the menstrual cycle, also helping with period pains.
- The natural essential oil can settle the digestive system, helps with nausea, flatulence, vomiting, dyspepsia and dysentery
- Melissa oil has a cooling effect on fevers. It can help with headaches and migraines associated with colds.
- Melissa oil can also be used as a topical treatment for cold sores or herpes simplex.