Melissa essential oil
Lemon Balm, Bee Balm, Heart’s delight.
- Botanical (and family):
Melissa officinalis. Family Labiatae.
Native to the Mediterranean region.
- Description of plant:
A herb, growing to about 60 cms with small, slightly hairy, wrinkled, serrated leaves. The yellowish flowers attract bees, hence melissa, which is the Greek word for honey-bee.
Steam distillation of the leaves and flowering tops.
A pale yellow liquid with a light, fresh, lemony fragrance.
- Odour effects:
Calming, emotional tonic.
Avoid during pregnancy. Could irritate some skins.
Main chemical constituents:
Geranyl acetate, neryl acetate, citronellyl acetate – 2%
Citronellal, Citral – 49%
Methyl heptenone – 7%
Beta-caryophyllene, germacrene, alpha copaene – 20%
1.8 – Cineol, caryophyllene oxide – 4%
Limonene, trans-acimene – 1%
Citronellol, geraniol, linalool – 5%
Properties and indications:
Calming, yet uplifting effect on emotions. Said to remove ‘blocks’. Soothing in cases of shock, panic, and hysteria.
Eases high blood pressure, slowing down heartbeat, especially where the heart has been over stimulated. Regulates periods and promotes a soothing and relaxing action on painful menstruation. Tonic to the uterus. May be helpful with nausea, flatulence, vomiting, dyspepsia, and dysentery. Has a cooling effect on fevers. Seems to have a calming action on rapid breathing, and may therefore be good for asthma.
Checks blood flow in wounds and may have some effect on fungal infections. Said to clear greasy hair and counteract baldness.
- Other uses:
Toiletries, cosmetics and perfumes. Employed in major food categories.
- Blends well with:
- Basil, Bay, Black Pepper, Camomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniperberry, Marjoram, Neroli, Rose, Rosemary, Ylang-Ylang.