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From Ananda Aromatherapy, pure true Melissa essential oil, CO2 distilled from Germany.
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essential oil (also known as Lemon Balm) has a great variety of possible effects. Melissa oil is considered one of the most powerfully medicinal essential oils in all of aromatherapy, with
a wonderfully pleasant sweet, herbaceous aroma. This Carbon Dioxide distillation (performed at lower temperatures than steam distillation) is the most pleasant, powerfully aromatic
Melissa oil we've ever tried. While all the current liturature regarding the effects of Melissa have used the steam distilled variety, we expect this cold-processed essential oil to have even
stronger therapeutic qualities.
A great deal of oil sold as Melissa today is actually a blend of lemongrass and citronella oils - other Melissa oil's have been 'rectified', meaning they do not contain all original components
of the essential oil. Melissa's high cost is a result
of a very low yield of oil from the plant - somewhere around 0.01%!
Tisserand, in "The Art of Aromatherapy" has noted: "The action of this oil is tonic, rather than stimulant; it is a tonic to the heart, nervous and digestive systems, and the uterus. It is sedative,
calming, antidepressant. It slows the respiration and pulse, lowers the blood pressure, and has an antispasmodic effect on smooth muscle...Perhaps Paracelsus was not so wrong when he called it the
elixer of life!"
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 can be used in fairly low dilutions in a carrier and show its wonderful effects; some sources consider 1-2% optimal.
We've used it undiluted without irritation, but each individual may react differently so proceed with caution!
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
essential oil 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 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. 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. 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.
Melissa oil has also been sucessfully used alone.
|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.