One of the most expensive and rare oils available, Melissa essential oil (which I love for it’s name alone since my oldest daughter is named Melissa and means “honeybee” in Greek) is used extensively in all sorts of balms due to its soothing properties and for having a sweet, pleasant aroma.
It’s rare and expensive because it requires about 12,000 pounds of Melissa leaves to obtain 1 pound of its essential oil.
Melissa officinalis, also commonly known as Lemon Balm, as well as Melissengeist, Bee balm, Garden Balm, Melissa, or Erva-cidreira, received the name “Melissa” because of its sweet, fresh, citruslike fragrance, which was known to attract bees (hence, the origin of its Greek name).
Melissa is used as a flavor in teas and ice cream as well as with some fish dishes. Because of its positive effect on mood, Melissa has long been used to help calm feelings of tension and nervousness. Diffusing Melissa at night can help initiate a restful sleep environment and promote emotional well-being. Melissa may also help to support a healthy immune system.
Lemon balm has been in use for more than 2,000 years and few sources state that its use was recorded in Theophrastus’ Historia Plantarum around 300 B.C. and was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. French Emperor King Charles V and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V are said to have taken Melissa beverages for augmenting their health.
Please note that the FDA does not regulate essential oils. This means that I cannot make any specific claims about or imply that essential oils cure or should be used to treat any diseases or other health conditions. I am not doing that by providing this information.
All information is pulled from reputable sources and studies. Links are provided so that you can make an educated and informed decision as a responsible adult.
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Melissa Essential Oil
- It’s been shown to reduce stress and “mitigate the effects of stress” while another study showed that “chronic administration of Melissa officinalis L. relieves stress-related effects”
- One very interesting study found that it “markedly improve oxidative stress condition and DNA damage in radiology staff when used as a dietary supplement for radiation protection”
- Diffuse at night or rub on forehead, shoulders, or chest to help lessen feelings of stress and promote emotional well-being.
- Diffuse to create a relaxing environment that encourages a restful night’s sleep.
- Add to moisturizer or a spray bottle with water and spritz on face to rejuvenate skin and refresh the mind.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.
Plant Part: Leaf, top
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Description: Citrus, herbaceous
Main Chemical Components: Geranial, germacrene, neral,β β-caryophyllene