Melissa Essential Oil: How to Use It and Benefits

What is Melissa Essential Oil made of?

Melissa Essential Oil is obtained through steam distillation from the leaves and flowers of the Melissa officinalis plant, also known as lemon balm. Originating from the Mediterranean region, this herbaceous plant yields an oil rich in potent compounds such as citral, citronellal, and geraniol. These compounds contribute to the oil's distinctive serene and uplifting aroma, reminiscent of lemon with delicate floral undertones, and various health benefits.

  • Latin Name: Melissa officinalis
  • Main Country of Origin: Bulgaria
  • Scent Note Type: Middle note with a citrusy, herbaceous, and uplifting aroma
  • Most Popular Usage: Aromatherapy, Stress Relief, and Digestive Support


What are the benefits of using Melissa Essential Oil?

Melissa Essential Oil offers several potential benefits:

  • Calming Influence: Its soothing properties can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and nervous tension, promoting a sense of tranquility and emotional well-being.
  • Digestive Aid: Its carminative support digestion, helping to ease indigestion, bloating, and discomfort.
  • Skin Nourishment: Its skin-nourishing properties can promote a clear, radiant complexion.
  • Immune Support: Its antioxidant-rich composition can help to bolster the immune system and support overall health and well-being.


How to use Melissa Essential Oil?

  • Aromatherapy: Add a few drops to a diffuser to create a calming atmosphere and promote emotional balance.
  • Topical Application: Dilute it with a carrier oil and apply to the skin to soothe minor irritations or promote relaxation through massage.
  • Inhalation: Add a few drops to a bowl of steaming water and inhale deeply to clear the sinuses and uplift the spirits.


How to combine Melissa Essential Oil with Carrier Oils

Melissa Essential Oil blends harmoniously with carrier oils like jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or fractionated coconut oil. For topical application, mix 2-3 drops with a tablespoon of your chosen carrier oil.

To make a diffuser blend, combine 4-5 drops of Melissa Essential Oil with the recommended amount of water in your diffuser.


Research based on Melissa Essential Oil

"Anxiolytic-like effects of acute and chronic administration of Melissa officinalis L. extract and its possible interaction with GABAergic transmission" (2017): This study suggests that Melissa officinalis extract may possess anxiolytic properties, potentially modulating the GABAergic system to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety.

"Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of Melissa officinalis L. (lemon balm) extract" (2019): Research demonstrates the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential of Melissa officinalis extract, highlighting its potential applications in promoting overall health and well-being.

"Evaluation of the gastrointestinal effects of acute and chronic administration of Melissa officinalis L. extract in mice" (2021): This study explores the gastrointestinal effects of Melissa officinalis extract, suggesting its potential as a natural remedy for digestive discomfort and promoting digestive health.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Melissa Essential Oil safe for all skin types?

A: Yes, but it should always be diluted with a carrier oil. It's recommended to perform a patch test before using it widely on your skin.


Q: Can I ingest Melissa Essential Oil?

A: It depends upon whether the manufacturer has produced the oil to be ingested or purely for topical and aromatic purposes.  For example, Avivni's Melissa Essential Oil has organic and purity certifications, however, we still don't recommend ingesting essential oils without consulting a physician (or holistic physician) simply because every person's body reacts differently. No essential oil should ever be ingested in its pure, undiluted form.


Q: Is Melissa Essential Oil safe for pets?

A: Cats and dogs are very sensitive to essential oils and many are even harmful or poisonous to them. Diffusers for aromatherapy should be placed high up and not near food and water bowls. There are products especially formulated for pets that have been vetted for safety and diluted to the appropriate strength and we suggest you stick with these. We recommend always checking with a holistic veterinarian before using an essential oil product on your pet.


Q: Can Melissa Essential Oil be used during pregnancy?

A: Pregnant or nursing women should always consult with a healthcare provider before using any essential oils.


Q: Does Melissa Essential Oil have a shelf life?

A: Yes, it's best to use it within 2-3 years of opening.

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