How to Use Melissa Oil
A medicinal herb, Melissa was first introduced by the Ancient Romans and is valued today for its therapeutic properties.
Melissa is perhaps best known as lemon balm. As a recent addition to the aromatherapy chest, it is becoming increasingly popular as a sedative tonic. Its calming actions makes it valuable for depression, anxiety and emotional upsets. True Melissa oil is very expensive as the leaves, flowers and stem of the herb are distilled and give only tiny amounts of the essential oil.
Use the oil sparingly – Melissa oil has a sweet, green lemony scent with floral undertones and only a drop or two is needed. It is wise to purchase the oils from a reputable dealer, as cheaper sources are likely to be adulterated by the addition of cheaper lemon and lemongrass oils. Melissa, particularly blended with chamomile, heals inflamed skin and calms digestion. It acts on the uterus to regulate menstruation and give relief from painful periods.
Active Ingredients of Melissa Oil
Melissa oil has high concentrations of aldehydes as well as esters and ketones.
- Aldehydes – Melissa contains 92 per cent aldehydes, such as citronella, citral and geraniol. These are sedatives and responsible for the oil’s ability to slow the heartbeat. They are also anti-inflammatory.
- Ester, Ketones – Esters such as geranyl acetate are sedative, cooling and anti-spasmodic. Ketones are sleep inducing, making Melissa valuable for insomnia. They can be toxic, so use the oil in low concentrations.
Melissa is a sedative oil. It is a potent oil that soothes and sedates effectively in small quantities.