Melissa (Lemon Balm)

The ancient Greeks placed the twigs of melissa in beehives to attract bees...

Melissa officinalis

Note: Middle

Parts Used: leaves and flowering tops

Source: steam distillation from the leaves and flowering tops of the sweet-scented soft and bushy herb native to the Mediterranean region that grows to about 60 cms high.

Description and Odor Effect: pale yellow liquid with a light, fresh lemony fragrance. The odor effect is uplifting and calming.

Nature: uplifting, soothing

Blends well with: lavender, geranium, floral and citrus oils

Physical Uses: Melissa is used on the skin for allergies, eczema, for the treatment of insect bites, and as an insect repellent. It works on the respiratory system for asthma, bronchitis and chronic coughs. Melissa improves digestion; it treats colic, indigestion and nausea. It relieves muscular aches, pains and menstrual pains.

Mental and Emotional Uses: Melissa is calming whilst mood uplifting; it relieves anxiety, depression, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension, shock and vertigo.

Caution: Use in small amounts.

Tip: Care must be taken because this is one of the most frequently adulterated oils. Most commercial 'melissa' contains some or all of the following: lemon, lemongrass or citronella.

Therapeutic Uses: analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiputrid, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antistress, antiviral, aperitive, calmative, carminative, cephalic, choleretic, cordial, cytophylactic, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, febrifuge, galactagogue, hypotensor, insect repellent, nervine, sedative, stomachic, tonic, uplifting, vermifuge, vulnerary

Applications: application, aroma lamp, diffusor, inhaler, lightbulb ring, massage, mist spray

Keyword: Elixir of Life

Melissa Magic: In the Middle Ages, Melissa became known as a cure-all. The herb was strewn around the house to provide a clean and festive atmosphere.

Melissa Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To calm erratic moods:

  • 2 drops Melissa
  • 4 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 4 drops Neroli
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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