Melissa (Melissa officinalis) essential oil comes from the melissa plant, which is also known as lemon balm and is part of the Lamiaceae—or mint—family. Young Living Melissa oil comes from Young Living’s St. Maries farm in Idaho, where the oil is steam distilled from aerial parts of the plant before it flowers.
Melissa essential oil has a light, fresh, grassy, lemony scent that creates a pleasant, calming atmosphere, and you can find it in Young Living blends such as Humility™, Forgiveness™, and Hope™. Additionally, Melissa is commonly found in cosmetics and personal care products due to its skin-benefitting properties.
Brief History: Melissa is one of the earliest known herbs used in medicine and was called the “Elixir of Life” by Paracelsus. It is believed that the Romans brought it to England where it became a charming feature of cottage gardens for centuries.
Melissa was named after the Greek nymph who was the protector of bees and has been planted near bee hives for centuries to produce fine flavored honey. It was an important ingredient in Carmelite water (distilled in France since 1611 by members of the Carmelite Order).
Melissa is also one of the most adulterated essential oils on the market. Lower and even higher-priced versions are often mixed with citronella, lemongrass and other inexpensive oils. The reason for this is that although melissa essential oil comes from a very common plant (lemon balm), the yield is very low due to the plant’s high water content. Consequently, it takes three to seven tons of plant material to yield only one pound of essential oil.
True Melissa is very powerful, yet has a gentle and delicate nature and helps to bring out those characteristics in those who use it.
Melissa has an approximate ORAC of 1,343,547 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
Melissa Essential Oil Uses
- Combine a few drops with water in a glass spray bottle. Spritz on your face for a refreshing experience and uplifting aroma.
- Add a couple of drops to your favorite body lotion and apply to skin in the evening for added moisture and a calming aroma.
- Diffuse in the evening or during quiet times of the day to create a soothing, comforting atmosphere.
- Add a few drops to your nightly skin regimen to support healthy-looking skin.
How to Use
Topical: Apply 2-4 drops of product directly to desired area. Dilution not required, except for the most sensitive skin. Use as needed.
Aromatic: Diffuse up to 1 hour 3 times daily.
Caution: Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.
Melissa officinalis† (Melissa) leaf oil
† 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil
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Item No. 3589, 5 ml – Melissa Essential Oil