Melissa (Lemon Balm) essential oil is a sweet, fresh, citrus-like rare oil. It is known to attract bees (hence the name “Melissa”, Greek for honey bee).
Melissa (melissa officinalis) is a citrus, herbaceous oil extracted from the leaf and top of the mint or deadnettle family of plants known as the Lamiaceae. Melissa’s primary uses are to:
- Support a healthy immune system
- Calm tension and nerves
- Ease stomach discomfort
Melissa is an expensive oil, yes. The Melissa that I sell is the highest grade (6-star) essential oil and is certified organic by Australian Certified Organic/United States Department of Agriculture.
Melissa has been the oil that, while I was smelling it every day or night, helped me manage, and in many cases, overcome depressive moods, anxiety, stress and nervous tension more than any other oil I have used in the last two years.
Because of its cost, I stick to smelling Melissa from the bottle (aromatically) rather than lathering it all over myself. Smelling it saves wasting the oil unnecessarily.
Melissa has so many amazing health benefits, including its positive effect on mood, aiding restful sleep, promoting emotional and cognitive health, calming tension and nerves, boosting immunity, soothing stomach discomfort, easing nausea and indigestion, easing depression, stress, mood disorders and anxiety.
If I could afford Melissa every month, I would, and if you can afford it once, it is definitely worth the price.
More about Melissa
Excerpt from Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Harper Thorsons EPub 2014, pp. 335–336
One of the earliest known medicinal herbs – Paracelsus called it the ‘Elixir of Life’. It was associated particularly with nervous disorders, the heart and the emotions. It was used for anxiety, melancholy, etc, and to strengthen and revive the vital spirit. Generally employed for digestive and respiratory complaints of nervous origin such as asthma, indigestion and flatulence. It also helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and promote fertility. Effective remedy for wasp and bee stings. In France the leaves are still used a great deal in pharmaceutical and herbal products…
Available information indicates non-toxic. Possible sensitization and dermal irritation: use in low dilutions only. Care must also be taken because this is one of the most frequently adulterated oils…
Skin care: Allergies, insect bites, insect repellent. ‘Melissa in very low concentration is a very valuable oil indeed in treating eczema and other skin problems.’ (Davis, P. Aromatherapy An A–Z)
Respiratory system: Asthma, bronchitis, chronic coughs.
Digestive system: Colic, indigestion, nausea
Genito-urinary system: Menstrual problems.
Nervous system: Anxiety, depression, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension, shock and vertigo.