Often used in cosmetic balms and preparations, Melissa is otherwise known as ‘lemon balm’ or ‘common balm’. Named after the Greek word for ‘honey’ the flowers of the plant are packed full of bee attracting nectar and gives off a sweet, lemony fragrance.
It takes a vast amount of leaves to produce the smallest amount of essential oil, so it is best used sparingly in aromatherapy blends. Used in a diffuser, Melissa will help to ease the spirit and help relieve symptoms of shock and anxiety. Blended in a carrier oil and applied to the forehead in an aromatherapy roller ball, Melissa is also a wonderful, natural help for soothing headaches and revitalizing the body after periods of illness.
Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Aromatic Scent: Grassy, lemon scent
Blends With: Basil Linalool, Bergamot, Citronella, Helichrysum Italicum, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, May Chang, Orange (all types), Petitgrain, Rose Absolute, Turmeric
Kid Safe: No
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
Cautions: Maximum dilution of 1% recommended for topical applications. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. External use only.