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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.

Melissa officinalis
Naturally Farmed
Steam Distilled

Melissa Essential Oil Profile