Essential oils have been around for centuries and were primarily used as topical applications for treatment of various skin conditions and remedy for body illnesses. One of these botanical essences where oil extract is very useful is melissa essential oil. If this type of oil sounds strange to you, there will be more to know about it in this article regarding melissa essential oil uses, its benefits, some precautions, and basically what the melissa herb is.
Melissa or Lemon Balm
More commonly known as lemon balm (or sweet balm and bee balm), melissa (scientific name Melissa officinalis – Labiatae) is a native perennial herb of Southern Europe. A member of the mint family, the plant was introduced by the Romans to Northern Europe. It is characterized by pale-green, wrinkled and nettle-like leaves with small white to light yellow flowers that bloom in June and July. The leaves appear similar in shape to mint leaves with tart, sweet smell. The entire plant, with its leaves and flowers, has a nice fragrance, that of a strong lemony scent.
The name melissa is derived from the Greek term for bee because the plant itself is an attraction to bees and it has been grown for such purpose for centuries. Melissa makes a lovely garden plant, but in Europe, the plant grows wild in fields and woods. Now, it is commonly cultivated in many countries worldwide.
Melissa Essential Oil
Melissa oil is one of the most potent essential oils and is considered as an elixir of the heart for many centuries now because of its mood enhancing qualities and promotion of overall health and vitality. The oil stimulates emotional benefits such as inner harmony, slowing down of temper and encourages restful sleep.
The aromatic and intensely refreshing fragrance of melissa essential oil has a fusion of potent and calming properties. This may be one of the pricier essential oils because of its powerful benefits. Its exquisite aroma restores inner direction, helping you bring back optimal mental balance and nourishment of the spirit.
The herb is harvested between the months of May or June just before the first flowers bloom. This is because the aroma is more intense and concentrated when the plant does not bear its flowers yet. The oil is extracted from its leaves and tops through a steam-distill process, and the color appears pale yellow with a refined and warm lemony fragrance. During the extraction of melissa oil, about 7 tons of leaves and tops are required to produce 1 kilogram of oil. No wonder melissa essential oil, in its purest form, is not common and quite expensive.
Citral, citronellol (which brings about the lemony aroma), geraniol, linalool, limonene, and pinene.
Tonic, digestive, sedative, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiviral, stomachic, sudorific, nervine, antibacterial, carminative, anti-inflammatory
Melissa Oil Benefits and Uses
Other than the emotional benefits already mentioned, melissa essential oil has a whole lot of benefits that our body can get from. The following are its primary benefits:
- Promotes and supports a healthy immune system
- Calms nerves and tension
- Soothes occasional stomach uneasiness
As Treatment to Illnesses
- Anti-spasmodic: If you are experiencing spasm, you may be feeling an unexplainable kind of pain due to excessive contraction of the nerves in the body. The application of melissa oil remedies spasms and relaxes the affected parts of your body.
- Stomachic: Any discomfort caused in the stomach is treated by melissa oil. Being stomachic in nature, the oil soothes the pain and eases the digestive process. Moreover, it helps heal any wound, scratch or ulcer and other infections caused in the stomach. The oil also helps maintain the proper flow of gastric juices in the stomach.
- Anti-bacterial: The anti-bacterial properties present in melissa oil are known to treat and inhibit bacterial infections in the kidneys, colon, intestines and urinary tract.
- Diaphoretic & Sudorific: These terms refer to agents that stimulate sweating and perspiration which is also a healing property of melissa oil. When you sweat, you release toxins out of the body, and skin pores are cleaned up, able to let the skin breathe.
- Hypotensive: Melissa oil has a hypotensive effect to people who suffer from hypertension, with possibilities of experiencing a heart attack or brain hemorrhage during high blood pressure. The oil helps bring down the blood pressure.
- Emmenagogue: Problems related to menstruation and post-menstrual syndrome may be treated with the application of melissa oil.
Skin Benefits and Uses
Melissa Essential Oil is not used as a topical remedy very often (likely because it is so expensive and it can be irritating to sensitive skin). It is most often used as an aromatic oil for calming emotions and uplifting the mind.
Melissa oil can be used for certain skin conditions:
- Warts: Use a Q-tip to place a drop directly on the wart 1-2 times a day until the wart falls off.
- Eczema: Dilute 1 drop of melissa essential oil with 1 tsp carrier oil and apply a small amount to the area 1-3 times a day.
- Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease: Dilute 1 drop essential oil with 3-4 drops carrier oil and apply to affected area.
- Herpes: Place up to 1 drop directly on an outbreak up to 3 times a day. See this study done on its effectiveness.
- Anti-depressant: Melissa oil is a mood lifter and an anti-depressant. It is known to ease feelings of hopelessness and sadness and lifts up the spirit, thus the screen name “elixir of life” or “nectar of life” back in the 15th century.
- Sedative: Because it is soothing and calming in nature, melissa oil acts as a sedative by easing up anxiety, nervousness, shock, and trauma cases. Its soothing property promotes a restful sleep. It brings relaxation to the mind, body, and soul while inviting in feelings of peace and contentment.
- Tonic: Similar to the effects of tonic that contributes to the overall health of the body and boosts immunity for added strength, melissa oil can have the same effect when applied.
- Can be a dermal irritant to those with sensitive skin.
- DO NOT use if you have hypothyroidism because it blocks the absorption of thyroid medications and lowers TSH levels.
- Keep away from eyes, ears and nose.
- Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use.
If you purchase melissa essential oil, expect a pricey figure. Some manufacturers combine this oil with a carrier oil to lower the cost.
When it comes to pampering your health, you may want to invest in the undiluted version. Try buying melissa oil on its own to experience its full benefits. Otherwise, you can purchase a blend of melissa (already diluted with fractionated coconut oil) to save you money. If your budget allows, invest in one bottle (it will last you a long time!) and experience for yourself how it does magic in uplifting your mood and improving total health.
Where to Buy
Rocky Mountain Oils is our favorite essential oil company. They have strict standards of purity and offer excellent prices.
Do you use melissa essential oil?
Yours In Beauty,