Melissa (Lemon Balm)
Melissa officinalis

Botanical Family: Labiatae (mint)

Extraction Method: Steam distilled from leaves and flowers

Common Primary Uses: Calming, Cold Sores, Viral Infections

Common Application Methods: Melissa oil be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concern.

Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.

Take in capsules. Use as a flavoring in cooking.

Properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, antihistamine, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiviral, hypertensive, nervine, sedative, tonic, and uterine.

Historical Uses: Anciently, melissa was used for nervous disorders and many different ailments dealing with the heart or the emotions. It was also used to promote fertility. Melissa was the main ingredient in Carmelite water, distilled in France since 1611 by the Carmelite monks.

Other Possible Uses: Allergies, anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, chronic coughs, colds, cold-sore blisters (apply directly three times per day), colic, depression, dysentery, eczema, erysipelas, fevers, heart conditions (where there is overstimulation or heat), hypertension, indigestion, insect bites, insomnia, menstrual problems, migraine, nausea, nervous tension, palpitations, shock, sterility (in women), throat infections, vertigo, and vomiting. Dr. Dietrich Wabner, a professor at the Technical University of Munich, reported that a onetime application of true melissa oil led to complete remission of herpes simplex lesions. According to Robert Tisserand, “Melissa is the nearest one can find to a rejuvenator—not something which will make us young again, but which helps to cushion the effect of our mind and the world outside on our body.”

Body System(s) Affected: Emotional Balance, Skin.

Aromatic Influence: Melissa has a delicate, delightful, lemony scent that is unique among essential oils, providing a wonderful support to both body and mind. It is calming and uplifting and may help to balance the emotions.

Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Melissa oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Blend Classification: Enhancer, Equalizer, and Modifier.

Blends With: Geranium, lavender, and other floral and citrus oils.