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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 is free to access and use.
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