Aromatherapy properties and benefits of Melissa essential oil

Melissa essential oil is one of the most precious in aromatherapy. It is also known as “lemon balm”, originates from southern Europe. Its botanical name is “Melissa officinalis” and in Greek “melissa” means “bee” because it attracts bees with its sweet citrus aroma. According to Greek mythology, Melissa was a princess who discovered honey. It is not by chance that the meaning of the word – bee comes from there. She took care of little Zeus and fed him honey instead of milk.

Melissa was also known in the Middle Ages, when it became the main ingredient of a toilet water called Eau de melisse des Carmes, distilled by French monks in 1611. They used it as a cologne and for digestive problems, because of its antispasmodic effect.

We’ve picked out some of the ways you can incorporate melissa essential oil into your aromatherapy.

How Melissa essential oil works

  • The oil stabilizes the nervous system – it calms and relieves conditions such as anxiety, depression, tension, fear and stress, irritability, insomnia, and headaches.
  • It helps in cases of hysteria and panic by slowing the heart rate, relieving high blood pressure, and toning the cardiovascular system.
  • Heals skin inflammations and allergies. It has a very good effect on dermatoses, lichen, eczema, acne, and insect bites.
  • Stimulates microcirculation in the skin, refreshing and rejuvenating it.
  • It has powerful antiviral properties and helps with colds and flu.

100% natural composition

The oil is obtained by steam distillation from the stems and blossoms of Melissa (Melissa Officinalis). It is a 10% solution in Bio Jojoba. It is 100% organic certified and meets the BDS ISO 16128-1:2018 standard.

The aromatic molecules in the composition of the oil are Citral (Citral), Germacrene (Germacrene D), Caryophyllene (ß-Caryophyllene) and others. Germacrenes are a class of volatile organic hydrocarbons, specifically sesquiterpenes, and have antimicrobial and insecticidal properties. The terpene β-caryophyllene helps calm anxiety and depression.

Application

Aroma lamp/aroma diffuser: as the oil is available as a 10% solution in jojoba, its use in diffusers, aroma lamps, baths and inhalations is not recommended!

Massage/self-massage: 14 drops in 10 ml. base oil.

Cosmetic application: apply 1-2 drops directly on the face, neck and décolleté – refreshes and rejuvenates the skin.

As a mask: to 2 tbsp. white clay, add 3 drops, mix well with Melissa floral water until a homogeneous mixture is obtained, apply evenly to the face, avoiding the area around the eyes – for inflamed youthful skin.

Contraindications: it is not recommended to use the essential oil during pregnancy, with acute inflammation of the stomach and intestines, with cough! To be used with caution by people with low blood pressure.

Aroma blends

The aroma of melissa is refreshing, sweet, grassy, with a hint of lemon.

Melissa oil goes well with herbal and floral scents: lavender, juniper, geranium, mint, rose, chamomile. The lemon notes of the melissa combine perfectly with the citrus aromas.

Melissa Essential oil or supercritical extract are ingredients with a beneficial effect on the skin. Check out the products with melissa extracts:

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