Common Name: Melissa
Latin Binomial: Melissa officinalis
Family: Lamiaceae or Labiatae
Other Common Names: Lemon balm, balm, common balm, bee balm
Production Method: steam-distilled
Countries of Origin: Bulgaria
Description of Oil: pale yellow, sweet and lemon like with floral undertones
Description of Plant: A Mediterranean herb that grows to about two feet and has small, serrated, slightly hairy leaves and pink, white or yellowish flowers.
History, Folklore and Myth: Bees are said to have fed honey made from Melissa to the infant Jupiter. Paracelsus, a famous Swiss medic, called Melissa ‘The Elixer of Life’, no doubt due to it’s calming effect on the heart.
Properties and Uses: antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, carminative, febrifuge, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, tonic Melissa appears to be one of the strongest antiviral agents available in aromatherapy.
Precautions and Contraindications: possible skin irritation; dilute to 1%
Other Interesting Information: Melissa is the Greek word for honeybee. In it’s complexity, powe,r and gentleness, Melissa essential oil perfectly illustrates how nature time after time works better than one-dimensional synthetic medicines.