Essential Oil of Melissa (Melissa officinalis)
Plant description: A Mediterranean plant growing about 2 feet with small, slightly hairy, wrinkled, serrated leaves.
Part of plant used for essential oil: Leaves and flowers
Extraction method: Steam
Main Chemical Constituents: Citronellic, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Citral, Citronellal, Geranyl acetate, Caryophyllene
PRECAUTIONS: Best avoided during pregnancy as it regulates menstruation.
PROPERTIES: Antiallergenic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, carminative, cordial, digestive, febrifuge, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, and uterine.
Circulation/Muscles/Joints: Eases high blood pressure, slows down heartbeat and helpful when the circulatory system has been over stimulated. A good tonic for the heart when there are spasms or fatigue. Helps with migraines and headaches associated with colds.
Digestive: May be helpful for digestive issues when needing the stomach to settle. Helps with nausea, flatulence, vomiting, dyspepsia and dysentery.
Immune System: May help with colds and has a cooling effect on fevers. It has the ability to counteract allergies and may be helpful for allergy sufferers. This is a great winter oil as it enhances wellness during these months.
Nervous system: Due to its hypotensive and sedative properties, this oil will help relax the ANS. It helps with restful sleep.
Mental/Emotional: Has a calming yet uplifting effect on the emotions dealing with hyper-sensitive states. Said to remove “blocks” and very soothing in cases of shock, panic and hysteria. Helps gives comfort to people grieving.
Reproductive: Regulates periods and promotes a soothing and relaxing action on painful menstruation. It has a tonic affect on the uterus which can be helpful for women who have difficulty conceiving.
Respiratory system: Helpful for asthma and calms rapid breathing.
Skin care: A great insect repellant and has a soothing action on stings. Checks blood flow wounds and may have some effect on fungal infections and eczema. Helps cleanse greasy hair and counteracts baldness. This oil may cause skin irritation.
About this essential oil: This oil gets its name from its flower’s attractiveness to bees. Melissa is the Greek word for honeybee. Melissa is also known as “Lemon Balm”- an abbreviation of balsam. It is referenced in scripture and in Hebrew the word “Bal-sim” means “chief of oils”.
- The Directory of Essential Oils- Wanda Sellar