Essential Oils - Melissa
As with many essential oils, Melissa is known for its multitude of uses. One area I found extremely helpful and valuable was the benefit it provides to the nervous system. A cousin of mine reached out to me for her late grandmother who had dementia. In my readings I came across a blend which included Melissa specifically for the disease; so I made it right away. It was a blessing to have reported back that the blend provided her grandmother with moments of clarity and calmness. It’s amazing the power of natural ingredients!
Name of Oil: Melissa (Lemon Balm)
Latin Name: Melissa officinalis
Areas of Origin: Mediterranean
Historical Use: In the 14th century, French Carmelite nuns included Melissa in tonic water. John Evelyn (1620 – 1706) described Melissa as a, “sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory, and powerfully chasing away melancholy.”
General Growth, Habitat: This herbal plant grows to 2’ in height and prefers soil with high iron content. The leaves have small serrations that are hairy and have small white-pink flowers.
Parts Used in Distillation: Leaves and flower buds
Scent: Fresh, lemony, herbaceous
Uses: Depression, eases panic attacks, lowers high blood pressure, and settles the digestive system.
Emotional Use: Calming and uplifting
Safety: Non-toxic but may cause sensitization and irritation. Use in low dilutions. Avoid during pregnancy and for those with highly sensitive skin.
- Add 2 drops of the essential oil to carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and apply to directly to the stomach to ease nausea
- Add 1 drops of the essential oil to carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, and apply to temples and the back of the neck to ease panic attacks or depression
- Add a few drops of the essential oil to bath water to soothe the nervous system and prepare the mind and body for sleep
Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.
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