Your pregnancy should be a wonderful time; don’t let morning sickness ruin it. Melissa hydrosol is known as a digestive aid, reducing nausea, calming upset stomachs, and taming intestinal spasms and cramps, including those that may accompany colitis and Crohn’s disease. Many people use melissa daily in a hot or cold beverage to encourage their overall well-being. It calms the mind, lessening stress and anxiety. Because it has anti-infectious properties and is an immunostimulant, this daily use may also help protect you during flu and allergy season.
Melissa brings a calming presence to skin rashes and irritations. You can spritz it on your face and hands or add it to lotions to take advantage of its anti-aging properties. Studies have shown that melissa hydrosol may also be used to combat herpes sores because it is an antiviral; see the protocol in our how-to-use section.*
Melissa is gentle enough for children. Use it to soothe your baby’s diaper rash or cradle cap or in their evening bath to bring a sense of calm and to lower anxiety. Some studies have shown melissa to be effective in lessening ADHD symptoms because it calms the body while improving focus.**
Plant Parts: Flowers and Leaves
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
Chemical Family: Aldehydes, Esters and Sesquiterpenes
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Cultivation Method: Certified Organic
Aroma: Citrus, Dry, Floral, Fresh, Herbaceous, Lemony, Rosy and Strong
Note Classification: Middle
ADHD: For children, 30 milliliters in one liter of water and drink it throughout the day; for adults, 60 milliliters in one liter of water.
Allergies, flu prevention: Add 30 milliliters to one liter of water and drink it throughout the day for 21 days; then stop for seven days. Repeat if still in heightened flu or allergy season.
Anxiety: Use in hot or cold beverage as a tonic.
Baby anxiety: Add to bath water.
Diaper rash, cradle cap: Spritz or pat it on and allow to air dry.
Herpes sores: Apply undiluted to herpes sores 6–10 times a day, and with each application take one-half tablespoon of the hydrosol internally.
Intestinal cramps, digestive issues: Use in hot or cold beverage as a tonic.
Morning sickness: Use in hot or cold beverage as a tonic.
PMS and menstrual symptoms: Use in hot or cold beverage as a tonic.
Poison ivy or oak: Spritz or pat it on undiluted as soon as possible and allow to air dry.
Rashes, skin irritations: Spritz or pat it on and allow to air dry.
Skin care, aging: Spritz on face and hands or add to lotions.
No known safety concerns.