Melissa True Essential Oil
- Product Code: EO-M06
- Availability: In Stock
- Ex Tax: £15.00
Melissa, also known as Lemon Balm, is a sweet-scented, perennial bushy herb with small white or pink flowers. The flowers are very attractive to bees; hence the name 'Melissa' which is the Greek word for honeybee.
Melissa essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering tops and leaves of the plant and has a glorious lemon scent – as if lemon has been mixed with newly mown grass and earth. It is very distinctive and unique in both its fragrance and therapeutic properties.
True, unadulterated Melissa is a precious oil that is hard to come by due to the plants very low yield. It is therefore frequently adulterated with other oils such as Lemon, Lemon Verbena and Lemongrass. Only True Melissa will produce the therapeutic properties contained within the plant; anything else will not have the same effect.
Melissa has been used therapeutically for centuries, in fact, it is one of the earliest known herbs used for medicinal purposes. It is thought that the Romans introduced it to England and it has been a feature of herb gardens ever since. The great Paracelsus called it the ‘Elixir of Life’ and historically it has been used to treat anxiety, melancholy, nervous disorders, asthma, flatulence and indigestion.
- Species: Melissa officinalis
- Plant family: Lamiaceae
- Origin: England
- Note: Top to middle
- Extraction method: Steam distilled
Non-toxic but can cause sensitization and irritation. Use in low dilution (1%) and avoid on sensitive skin and during pregnancy.
Melissa is reputed to be useful in skin care for allergies, insect bites and as an insect repellent. Its anti-viral properties make it one of the most effective oils for treating cold sores and it is thought to speed healing and increase the length of time between attacks.
Melissa is a calming essential oil for both mind and body. It is one of the best essential oils for treating shock, depression, grief and anxiety. It is reputed to lift the spirits, ease a troubled mind, chase away dark thoughts and boost feelings of confidence when feeling vulnerable and insecure. It can also help to balance mood swings, especially when related to hormonal fluctuations.
Melissa has a tonic effect on the heart and can help regulate over-rapid breathing and heart beat and high blood pressure. It also has a regulating effect on the digestive system, helping with cramps, indigestion, dysentery, nausea, and vomiting, especially when aggravated by stress. It is also thought to help regulate the menstrual cycle.
Blends well with:
With most citrus and floral oils but particularly Lavender, Rose, Geranium and Myrtle
To calm erratic moods and nervousness
Massage with 25ml Sweet Almond Oil, 5ml St John's Wort, 2 drops Melissa essential oil, 2 Neroli, 4 Roman Chamomile and 6 Lavender.
To help ease high blood pressure
Massage with 25ml Sweet Almond Oil, 5ml St John's Wort, 2 drops Melissa essential oil, 2 Neroli, 4 drops Marjoram and 4 Ylang Ylang. (Not to be used for very high blood pressure unless checked with Doctor).
To help ease coughs and congestion
Steam inhalation with 1 drop Melissa essential oil, 2 Eucalyptus and 4 Tea Tree.
To help protect against cold sores
To make a protective lip balm gently melt 1 tsp Beeswax, 1 tsp Coconut Butter and 70g Cocoa Butter. Allow to cool slightly then mix in 8 drops Mandarin and 2 drops each of Melissa and Tea Tree. Pour into sterilised jars, tins or lip balm tubes.