Melissa (Melissa officinalis) has a light, fresh, lemony scent that is strengthening and revitalizing, yet soothing and calming. Several studies report that melissa may benefit the skin. It is also comforting during the winter season and supportive of immune system function.*
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.
Since ancient times, it was used for nervous disorders and many different ailments dealing with the heart of the emotions. It was also used to promote fertility.
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 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 has powerful antimicrobial constituents. Yet, although it is very powerful, it 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.
Studies from the Technical University of Munich, report that a one-time application of true melissa oil led to a complete remission of Herpes Simplex lesions. Uses: Melissa Essential Oil is excellent for restoring a calm and relaxed feeling. It relieves occasional nervous tension and has been found helpful for the relief of occasional sleeplessness. Melissa is often used as a digestive aid and helps with occasional heartburn, gas, bloating, and feelings of fullness. In clinical studies, Melissa produced unfavorable environments for certain viruses and bacteria. True therapeutic-grade Melissa is highly effective and greatly valued.
Other Uses: Allergies, anxiety, asthma, bronchitic, chronic coughs, respiratory infections, cold-sore blisters (apply directly three times per day), indigestion, depression, dysentery, eczema, fevers, hypertension, indigestion, insect bites, insomnia, menstrual problems, migrane, nausea, nervous tension, palpitations, throat infections, and vertigo.
How to use: For dietary or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as soy or rice milk.
Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.
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* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Item No. 3589, 5 ml – Melissa Essential Oil