Lemon Balm (Melissa) Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowering plant
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Light, fresh, green citrus
Largest Producing Countries: Italy, USA, and Hungary
Traditional Use: The oil is known for its calming effects. It has also been used as an addition to bug repellants.
Properties: Antibacterial, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, febrifuge, nervine, sedative, tonic, uterine, vermifuge
Blends Well With: Citrus oils, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, lavender, neroli, petitgrain, rose
Of Interest: The genus Melissa comes from the Greek word for honey bee. The flowers of the lemon balm plant attract honey bees when it is in bloom.
Safety Data: May cause skin irritation.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.