Melissa Essential oil is known as the Common Oil and Sweet Oil. Due to the soothing properties of Melissa essential oil, it is also used in the balms. The oil is extracted from the fresh leaves, buds and twigs through the process of steam distillation. The main components of Melissa essential oil are Citronellal, Germacrene, Geranyl Acetate, Octatone, Beta Bourbonene, Cis Hexenol, Octenol, Alpha Humulene, Delta Candinene, Nerol, Trans Ocimene, Carophyllene, Geranial, Cis Ocimene, Linalool, Methyl Hepenone, Octanol, Copaene, Neral, Gamma Cadinene and Geraniol. It is also called Lemon Balm.
Health Benefits of Melissa Essential Oil
Melissa Essential Oil possess antidepressant, nervine, sedative, stomachic, carminative, febrifuge, sudorific, cordial, emmenagogue, antispasmodic, antibacterial, diaphoretic, hypotensive and tonic properties.
It acts as an antidepressant by uplifting the mood. It eliminates the sadness and stimulates the hope and joy. Due to this it is called the “Nectar of life” or “Elixir of life”.
It provides the warmth to the cardiovascular system and respiratory system. This property helps to eliminate the colds.
It assists in the function of nervous system by enhancing its health and avoiding the nervous disorders. Melissa Essential oil helps to treat the problems such as nervousness, vertigo and convulsions.
4. Boost the brain power
Melissa Essential Oil helps to promote the brain power and enhances the cognitive performance. The study has shown that the use of Melissa essential oil helps to boost the cognitive function along with lowering the agitation in the Alzheimer’s patients. The German Commission approves that the lemon balm effectively treats insomnia, nervous disorders and gastrointestinal problems. Add 1 drop of Rosemary oil and 2 drops of Lemon oil to the diffuser during the day and night which treats cognitive impairments, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Melissa essential oil helps to soothe inflammation, nervousness, shock, anxiety and trauma. It also enhances sound sleep. It helps to relax the mind, body and soul as it provides the contentment and peace. It was used to eliminate the stress and fatigue of combat in the past.
The spasms in the muscular, respiratory, digestive and nervous system causes the muscular cramps, shortness of breath, severe coughs, convulsions and severe abdominal pains. Melissa essential oil possesses relaxant and sedative properties which alleviates the spasms in the body parts.
Melissa essential oil tones, soothes and strengthens the stomach. It also helps in the smooth function of the stomach. It also cures ulcers, scratches and wounds, convenient flow of bile and gastric juices into the stomach and also prevents from infections.
It helps to eliminate the gases build up in the intestines by lowering the abdominal muscles tension and also alleviates cramping and bloating.
The antibacterial property in the Melissa oil helps to alleviate the bacterial infection in the intestine, colon, kidneys and urinary tract.
10. Diaphoretic and Sudorific
Diaphoretic and Sudorific helps to enhance the perspiration and sweating. The sweat helps to remove the toxins and also cleanse the skin pores. It helps the skin to breathe. The perspiration helps to cool the overheated body.
Melissa essential oil possesses the antibacterial properties which eliminates the microbial or bacterial infections. The presence of sudorific properties helps to lower the body temperature and also eliminates the toxins through the sweating which is produced during the fever.
The patients of heart attack and brain hemorrhage is benefited by Melissa essential oil whenever the blood pressure increases. It assists in maintaining the normal blood pressure.
Melissa essential oil helps to enhance the immunity and strength. It provides all round benefits to the body health.
Melissa essential oil treats the problems related to Post menstrual syndrome and menstruation such as irregular menses, extreme fatigue and pain during the periods, annoyance, obstructed menses, untimely menopause and depression after menopause.
Suggested Popular Uses of Melissa Essential Oil
- In the herbal tea, 1-2 drops of Melissa essential oil should be added to lessen nausea and alleviate indigestion.
- Melissa essential oil should be rubbed on the shoulders, forehead or chest or it should be diffused at night to lower the stress and enhances the emotional well-being.
- If 1-2 drops of Melissa essential oil is placed under the tongue then it helps to enhance immunity.
- Melissa essential oil should be added to the moisturizer or a spray bottle with water and spray on the face which helps to refresh the mind and rejuvenates the skin.
- The small amount of Melissa essential oil should be dabbed to the breakouts or minor irritations on the skin and lips which helps to ease the area.
- The mixture of 10 drops of Melissa essential oil and 5 drops of Basil should be added to the witch hazel in a spray bottle. It should shake well and spray on to eliminate the bugs.
- Repairing lip balm: Heat the combination of 1 tbsp. of beeswax, 2 tbsp. of oil, 8 drops of Melissa and 8 drops of peppermint until it is mixed. Use after it is cooled.
- Restorative skin cream: Heat the combination of 1 tsp. honey, ½ cup Shea butter and coconut oil until it is mixed. It should be stirred with 20 drops of Melissa and 40 drops Peppermint.
- Allergies: Several ounces of water should be added 1 drop of Lavender, 1 drop of Melissa and 1 drop of Peppermint. It should be swallowed after swishing around in the mouth. This formula could be applied to the bottom of the feet as well.
- Anxiety: A drop of Melissa oil should be placed and rubbed between the hands. Nose and mouth should be cup by the hand and breathe for 30 seconds or more.
- Bacterial infections: Massage the Melissa oil on the foot reflex points or 1 drop should be applied over the infected area.
- Bronchitis: 1 drop of Melissa oil should be massed on the chest and throat for three times in a day. Or massage on the reflex points of the feet.
- Calming: Rub the Melissa oil by placing it on a palm and breathe up to 30 seconds or more by making a cup over the nose and mouth.
- Cold: 1-2 drops of Melissa oil should be massaged on the feet or over the symptomatic area.
- Cold sores: A small amount of Melissa oil should be dabbed to the area and it should be repeated for several times in a day.
- Coughs: 1 drop of Melissa oil should be massaged to the chest and throat for 3 times in a day or the reflex points of the feet should be massaged.
- Dementia: The study in the Journal of Complimentary Medicine shows that the Melissa essential oil treats the agitation in severe dementia. A drop of Melissa oil should be rubbed by placing it between the palms, breathe for 30 seconds by making a cup over the nose and mouth.
- Depression: A drop of Melissa essential oil should be placed to the palms and rub them between the hands. Hands should be cup over the mouth and nose and breathe for 30 seconds or more. It should be done daily.
- Eczema: 1 drop of Melissa oil should be diluted with 3-4 drops of carrier oil. A small amount of this diluted oil should be applied to the affected area for 1-3 times in a day.
- Emotional support: 1 drop of Melissa oil should be massaged over the heart and solar plexus so that it helps to relieve anxiety.
- Energy: 1 drop of Melissa essential oil should be either diffused or inhaled from the hands. Or the mixture of 4 drops of Wild Orange, 2 drops of Melissa oil and 1 tablespoon of carrier oil should be rubbed to the bottom of the feet.
- Flu: 1-2 drops of Melissa essential oil should be massaged to the reflex points of the feet or over the symptomatic area.
- Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease: 1 drop of Melissa oil should be diluted with 3-4 drops of carrier oil and massage it over symptomatic area in a small amount or the reflex points of the feet.
- Headaches and Migraine: Apply the mixture of 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and 2 drops of Melissa oil to the temples, forehead and neck.
- Herpes: The doctor of the Technical University of Munich reports that the use of Melissa oil helps to reprieve Herpes Simplex lesions. A small amount of Melissa oil should be placed three times a day directly to an outbreak.
- Hopelessness: 1 drop of Melissa oil should be massaged over the heart, solar plexus or heart. It should be diffused all over the day.
- Hypertension: Inhale Melissa oil directly for 3 or more times a day from the bottle or Melissa oil should be used over symptomatic area.
- Indigestion: Massage with the mixture of 4 drops of grapefruit, 4 drops of Melissa, 1 tablespoon carrier oil and 2 drops of peppermint to the abdomen.
- Overwhelm: Massage with the 1 drop of Melissa oil over the heart, solar plexus and brow or inhale from the bottle directly.
- PMS: Massage the Melissa oil onto the bottom of the feet or abdomen. The mixture of 4 drops Fennel, 4 drops Bergamot, 1 tablespoon carrier oil and 3 drops of Melissa oil should be added to the warm/hot bath.
- Skin issues: Apply the single drop of Melissa oil to the issue for 1-3 times in a day.
- Stomach issues: Melissa helps to ease stomach, also strengthens and tones it. It also treats the scratches, wounds and ulcers in the stomach. It also prevents from the infections and maintains the appropriate flow of gastric juices. Massage the abdomen with a drop of Melissa oil using clockwise strokes 1-3 times in a day.
- Stress: A drop of Melissa oil should be placed on the palm and rub between the hands. Breathe for 30 seconds or more by making a cup over a nose. It should be done daily as required.
- Vertigo: The small amount should be applied to the forehead or inhale from the bottle directly.
- Viral infections: The infected area should be applied a drop of Melissa essential oil or the feet should be massaged for 3 times in a day.
- Warts: 1 drop of Melissa oil should be applied to the wart directly for 1-2 times in a day until it reduces.
A few words of Caution
Though it is non-toxic but sensitive people may get irritations or sensations with its use. The people having sensitive skin and pregnant women should avoid the use of Melissa essential oil.