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Melissa

Melissa officinalis

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Deal with those overactive emotions or rising anger with the serene scent of melissa, also known as lemon balm. It will also work to soothe your digestive tract, menstrual cramps, and headaches.

5/8 dram (2.3 mL)
5 ml.
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You don’t want to be fooled by cheap melissa oil imitations, many of which are actually blends of citronella and lemongrass or are adulterated in some way. Pure melissa essential oil, distilled from the plant’s flowers and leaves, is expensive, but it’s so powerful that you can add it to a carrier oil at a 1:100 ratio. Feel your agitated emotions, anxiety, and anger abate after you rub a melissa massage blend into your neck and chest. Melissa’s antiviral strength can make it a great weapon against herpes blisters.

Essential Facts

Plant Parts: Flowers and Leaves
Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenes and Aldehydes.
Country of Origin: France
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Wildcrafted
Aroma: Fresh, Herbaceous, Lemony
Note Classification: Top/Middle

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HOW TO USE

Anger: Feel your agitated emotions, anxiety, and anger abate after you rub a melissa massage blend into your neck and chest. See Melissa Massage Oil in recipes tab.

Anxiety: Soothe your nerves. See Melissa Massage Oil in recipes tab.

Headaches: Ease the pain of headaches. See Melissa Massage Oil in recipes tab.

Herpes Blisters: Add 1 drop of melissa oil in 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel. If you want to, try using melissa oil “neat” (undiluted) to affected area only. Apply to herpes blister. Be very careful not to touch the surrounding skin with the oil.

Insomnia: Relax and get a good nights rest. See Melissa Massage Oil in recipes tab.

Shingles: Relieve inflammation and pain while combating the virus that causes shingles. See Shingle Relief in recipes tab.

 Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

More Info

Melissa essential oil is reputed to lower high blood pressure and it has a calming effect on over-rapid breathing and heartbeat. Robert Tisserand suggests that Melissa is a tonic for the heart. He recommends it for all heart conditions where there is over stimulation, or heat, leading to weakness of the heart.

Melissa is a wonderful oil to relieve those nasty PMS cramps. The oil has relaxing and antispasmodic properties

The herb was highly esteemed by Paracelsus, who believed it could completely revive man. Herbalist John Evelyn wrote of Melissa:
Balm is sovereign for the brain, strengthens the memory and powerfully chasing away melancholy.

References:

  1. Tisserand R. The Art of Aromatherapy, The C.W. Daniel Company Limited, Great Britian, 1977.
    Battaglia S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
  2. Fisher-Rizzi S. Complete aromatherapy handbook.  Sterling Publishing Company, USA, 1990.
    Schnaubelt K. Medical Aromatherapy, Frog Ltd, USA, 1999.

PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Soothes the heart especially during grieving
  • Calms and cools agitated emotions
  • Reduces Insomnia

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Antidepressant – An agent that is uplifting and counteracts melancholy.
  • Antiviral – An agent that can destroy or inhibit the growth and reproduction of viruses.
  • Carminative – Relieves intestinal gas pain and distention; promotes peristalsis.
  • Diaphoretic – Causes perspiration and increased elimination through the skin.
  • Emmenagogue – Helps promote and regulate menstruation.
  • Sedative – Calms and tranquilizes by lowering the functional activity of the organ or body part.

RECIPES

Melissa Massage Oil

6 drops melissa

2 drops ylang ylang

8 drops spikenard

4 drops roman chamomile

2 oz. carrier oil

Directions: Blend all ingredients together in a 2 oz. container. Massage into skin.

Shingle Relief:

5 drops melissa

10 drops kunzea

8 drops helichrysum

12 drops sandalwood

1 oz. jojoba oil

1 oz. tamanu oil

Directions: Blend all ingredients together in a 2 oz. container. Gently massage to effected area.

SAFETY

Melissa essential oil is non-toxic. However, care must be taken as the oil is a possible skin irritant.  Care must be taken as this is one of the most frequently adulterated essential oils.

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

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