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 has been used for its calming effects on the nervous, digestive, and respiratory systems. It has also been used as an addition to bug repellants.
Properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, febrifuge, nervine, sedative, tonic, uterine, vermifuge
Benefits: Allergies, anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, colds, cough, depression, eczema, fever, headache, hypertension, hysteria, indigestion, insomnia, insect bites, insect repellant, irritability, menstrual pain, migraine, nausea, nervous tension, stomach cramps, stress, tonic, vertigo. The calming and sedative effects of this oil may be utilized in a diffuser, or added to your favorite lotion or bath blend.
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.