Melissa officinalis, also known as lemon balm, received the name “Melissa” because of its sweet, fresh, citrus-like fragrance, which was known to attract bees (Melissa is Greek for “honey bee”). As one of our rarest and most expensive oils, Melissa has a wide range of health benefits and uses. Melissa is used as a flavor in teas and ice cream as well as with some fish dishes. Because of its positive effect on mood, Melissa has long been used to calm tension and nerves. Diffusing Melissa at night initiates a restful sleep and promotes emotional and cognitive health. Melissa helps boost immunity and is especially beneficial when seasonal threats are high. Melissa can also soothe stomach discomfort and help with nausea and indigestion.
Melissa is steam distilled from leaves and flowers.
The properties of Melissa:
When diffused 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.
How to apply Melissa:
- Topically – Can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply to reflex points and/or directly on area of concer.
- Aromatically – Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internally – Melissa oil is generally organized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz. of beverage. Not for children under 6 years old
- Add 1–2 drops to herbal tea to soothe indigestion or lessen nausea.
- Diffuse at night or rub on forehead, shoulders, or chest to lessen stress and promote emotional well-being.
- Place 1–2 drops under the tongue to boost immunity.
- Add to moisturizer or a spray bottle with water and spritz on face to rejuvenate skin and refresh the mind.
- Supports a healthy immune system
- Calms tension and nerves
- Addresses stomach discomfort
No safety precaution for Melissa.