Melissa is a perennial herbaceous plant in the mint family that has been cultivated at least since the 16th century. It is native to south central Europe, Iran, the Mediterranean basin and Central Asia but is now naturalized in the America’s and elsewhere. It grows approximately 28 – 59 inches, the leaves have a mild lemon scent similar to mint and during the summer, small white flowers full of nectar will appear.
The leaves are used as an herb, in teas, and also as a flavoring. The plant is used to attract bees for honey production. It is grown as an ornamental plant and for its oil (to use in perfumery). The tea of lemon balm, the essential oil, and the extract are used in traditional and alternative medicine, including aromatherapy.
- Depression and Anxiety – One of the most notable properties of this oil is it’s effectiveness as a mood booster, It has been found to drive away sadness and inspire joy and hope.
- Nervous System – Used as a tonic for the nervous system keeping it functioning properly. This oil is often used for Vertigo and nervousness.
- Anti-inflammatory – Excellent to aid in reducing inflammation.
- Digestion – This oils has digestion promoting properties and may help with ulcers, digestion.
- Gas – May be used as a carminative to help remove and prevent the build up of gas.
- Anti-bacterial – Melissa has powerful antibacterial properties.
- Detox – Warms the body, promotes proper circulation to aid in the process of detoxification.
- Hypotensive – Melissa oil, being hypotensive in nature, may aid in bringing down blood pressure.
- Hormones and PMS – Melissa is often used to help with the symptoms of PMS and Menopause. May help in regulating cycles.
- Herpes – It is said this oil may help with Herpes.
- Memory – Used to promote cognitive function and memory.
- Headaches – Apply to the temples and inhale from the bottle at the onset of a headache.
How to Use
- Add 1–2 drops to a carrier oil and massage over the abdomen for nausea and boost immunity. You may also inhale from the bottle.
- Diffuse at night or rub on forehead, shoulders, or chest to lessen stress and promote emotional well-being.
- Add to moisturizer or a spray bottle with water and spritz on face to rejuvenate skin and refresh the mind.
- Dab a small amount on breakouts or minor irritations on the lips or skin to soothe the area.
- As a bug spray, in a 32 oz mister bottle, add 1/4 cup of castile liquid soap, 1 tsp of Melissa oil and 1 tsp of Orange oil and mix well. Store in a cool dark place.
- To create a positive environment, add a couple of drops to your diffuser and place in your home, car, RV or work space.