Melissa Essential Oil

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Melissa Essential Oil 100% PureBotanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Plant Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of Origin: France
Plant Part: Leaves & Flowering Tops
Growth Method: Organic
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Color: Golden Yellow
Consistency: Thin
Strength of Aroma: Strong

Native to Mediterranean countries, Melissa is a popular herb cultivated in many cottage gardens and known under a variety of names, including Lemon Balm, Sweet Balm and Common Balm. The plant gives off a very sweet lemony fragrance and taste. The genius name "Melissa" is derived from the Greek word for bee, indicating it is a plant much loved by bees for the quality honey produced from it. Even though the plant is strongly aromatic, it contains a high proportion of water in its structure with only 0.1% oily essence. As with other high price oils, such as Rose otto, it takes a very huge amount of plant material to produce just an extremely small amount of essential oil. Therefore, true Melissa essential oil is very rare and costly.

Melissa has a number of uses that beyond landscaping. The essential oil is sedative; it has a calming, pseudo-narcotic effect on the central nervous system, which is particularly useful in the treatment of stress-related conditions, including depression, anxiety and nervous tension. The ability to reduce alertness also makes it a powerful relaxant. Melissa is a verified remedy for restlessness, insomnia and shock. It also helps to lower high blood pressure by calming over-rapid breathing and heartbeat.

Melissa essential oil is soothing, both to the body and mind. Besides Chamomile, it is another useful oil for allergies, whether it is a skin problem or respiratory difficulty. It is found that asthma and coughs are often relived by inhalations of Melissa in low concentration. In fact, it sometimes produces more dramatic improvement than Chamomile especially when an individual has not responded to Chamomile.

Clinical investigations have also demonstrated Melissa essential oil exerts a highly antimicrobial action against a variety of bacteria and fungi. Its antiviral properties can suppress certain bacteria attacks. It has been strongly documented that Melissa is highly toxic to Trypanosoma bacteria, the bacteria responsible for Chagas disease. Melissa essential oil also appears to be effective in the management of herpes simplex inflections; even in 1% concentration, it is strong enough to significantly reduce the healing time and prolong intervals between outbreaks. Research also has suggested that Melissa essential oil is extremely powerful in treating Candida yeast infection. It can be used in baths or typical application to alleviate symptoms or avoid recurrence.

Sweet, sharp and floral-herbaceous, Melissa essential oil emits a dry, refreshing lemony fragrance close to that of Lemongrass and Citronella. The smell is also mingled with a hint of mint.

The fragrance induces trust and courage. It chases away black thoughts, strengthens the mind and replaces confusion and disorientation with understanding and clarity. In case of overexcited or oversensitive, Melissa essential oil can bring back a sense of balance.

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  • Roman Chamomile
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  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Neroli
  • Petitgrain
  • Rose
  • Sweet Orange

Melissa essential oil can cause skin irritation and sensitization. It should be used cautiously on sensitivities skin and in low concentration, especially in patients with allergies.

Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment. Pregnant women should always consult their physician prior to using.

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