Melissa Essential Oil
Melissa is a herbaceous perennial that is weed-like with light colored flowers.
- Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
- Other Common Names: Lemon Balm, Balm Mint
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves, Flowers, and Buds
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: None
- Chemistry: Melissa is comprised of aldehydes (geranial, neral) and esters (geranyl acetate).
- Nervous System: sedative effects help to support insomnia, anxiety, depression, agitation, nervous tension, mood swings, hyperactivity, and dementia
- Skin: helps manage oily skin, irritated skin conditions or allergic reactions
- Emotional: aids in letting go of negative emotions that impact the mind-body-spirit connection
- Spiritual: supports the Throat Chakra associated with expression and communication
- Scent Profile: Mid to top note with a sweet lemony aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Melissa can last up to 120 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Fruity
- Blends well with: Clary Sage, German Chamomile, Lavender, Marjoram, May Chang, Neroli, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile
- Drug interaction; teratogenicity; skin sensitization
- Cautions (oral): diabetes medication, drugs metabolized by CYP2B6, pregnancy
- Cautions (dermal): hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin
Products Using Melissa Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.