From Ananda Aromatherapy, 100% pure true Melissa essential oil steam distilled from the leaves and tops of
Melissa (Lemon Balm) organically grown in Germany. This is a nice, bright, fresh, very therapeutic Melissa. We use this oil ourselves in all aromatherapy applications ~ very highly recommended.
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essential oil (also known as Lemon Balm) has a great variety of possible effects. The word 'Melissa'
is Greek for 'Honey Bee', Melissa having been planted near bee hives to produce the most delicious honey.
Melissa oil is considered one of the most powerfully medicinal essential oils in all of aromatherapy, with a wonderfully pleasant sweet, herbaceous aroma.
A great deal of oil sold as Melissa today is actually a blend of lemongrass and citronella oils - 'true'
Melissa oil has its own unique aroma and properties. Melissa's high cost is a result
of needing 3.5 to 7.5 tons of plant material to produce 1 pound of essential oil. The resulting oil from this
sweet-smelling herb is a pale yellow liquid with a light, fresh lemony aroma. Melissa oil offered at exceptionally low prices is likely to be adulterated in some way, and will not have the medicinal
properties of the true essential oil.
was called the 'elixir of life' by Avincenna, the ancient Roman physician. The herb was associated particularly
with nervous disorders, the heart, and emotions. Melissa was used for anxiety, melancholy, and to strengthen
and revive the vital spirit.
To quote Kurt Schnaubelt in Advanced Aromatherapy, "The way in which melissa oil combines an
excellent antiviral component with a soothing but pervasive sedative power is difficult to imagine;
it has to be experienced. In its complexity, power, and gentleness, melissa oil perfectly illustrates how nature
time after time works better than one-dimensional synthetic medicines."
Melissa is a strong antiviral - a doctor at the Technical University of Munich
reported that application caused a complete remission of Herpes Simplex lesions. A component
of Melissa oil was isolated and is sold in 'Lomaherpan' cream in Germany, though the oil can effectively used
alone. While it is expensive, only one drop at a time is needed on lesions to promote remission. A drop can be
applied directly on the area a few times a day to speed healing, and again when an outbreak is soon to occur
- following this protocol was shown to prevent further outbreaks in a significant portion of study participants.
the same time, Melissa is very gentle on the emotions, and can bring out this quality in a individual. Melissa
oil is said to be calming and uplifting, may relieve headaches, and may help balance the emotions. Results of a study published in an alternative medicine journal showed Melissa to be effective in reducing agitation, and may have significant quality-of-life
effects. Further, it may
help release emotional blocks and lead to an improved outlook on life. See our 'anti-viral
article for further reading.
To learn more about the use of all our essential oils, we encourage you to visit The Ananda Apothecary Forums, where you can post questions regarding specific applications of each oil. Questions in the forums are regularly answered by Ananda Apothecary staff, and other experienced aromatherapy practitioners.
| Diffuse or apply topically. For external application,
melissa essential oil may be highly diluted, up to 1:100 in carrier oil and be very effective. Can be applied
directly to herpes outbreaks, and used in a 10% dilution if this feels too strong.
||Has been traditionally used for calming, sedative,
anti-viral, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, stomachic, choleretic.
|Can offer support in cases of high blood pressure
or hypertension, cold-sore blisters, asthma, eczema, menstrual disorders, menopause, depression, insomnia,
anxiety, irritability, headaches, digestive disorders, dyspepsia, gastric spasm, dysentery, nausea.
||Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic
reaction. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician. Dilute for external use. According to
the liturature, no toxicity for Melissa is known.
|For measuring blends using % concentrations, or for measuring fractions of milliliters, see measuring essential oils. Melissa oil mixes well with: Geranium
Oil, Lavender Oil, Orange
Oil and Lemon Oil.
Herpes outbreaks: Try 1 part Geranium Oil, 1 part Melissa Oil, 1 part Lavender
Oil, 10 parts Tea Tree Oil - apply to affected area undiluted 3 times a day; once skin dries
and tightens, add mixture to 9 parts Almond Oil.
|All oils from Ananda Aromatherapy are therapeutic grade,
meaning they are produced to the highest quality standards possible. Our essential oils are
chosen for their integrity (all chemical constituents important for aromatherapy are intact), ecological
'soundness' (most are organic or wild grown), and wonderful
aromas. You may order a sample of any oil before trying larger amounts. Most samples are about .75ml; exotic oils such as Melissa, Rose, Angelica and Jasmine are only a few drops. Ananda Aromatherapy offers wholesale essential oils direct to you. We forgo the use of separate wholesale and retail tiers in order to keep fine therapeutic grade oils accessible to everyone!
*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of this oil or any products from The Ananda Apothecary. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products. If you have any questions, please call or email us for further information.