A clear to pale yellow, volatile oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and tops of the Melissa plant.
Melissa Officinalis Leaf Oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Melissa Essential Oil are:
Masking, Perfuming, Tonic
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It is anti inflammatory and reduces swelling so it can be used in products for acne prone skin.
Antifungal and antibacterial properties make it an effective choice in foot creams for athlete’s foot.
As it is a gentle astringent, it can help with an oily scalp.
As a mood enhancer, it can help to lift the spirits when used in an oil burner or diffuser.
Use in a bath oil blend to calm the nerves.
Blend with Fragonia when wanting to deeply relax and reconnect with “yourself”.
Combine with Sandalwood when wanting to address long term exhaustion. It does not give an energy boost but starts to help the body adjust.
Avoid using on sensitive skin or during pregnancy as some people can have dermal irritation.
Do not use with low blood pressure or with Fennel.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists with Sandalwood to tone the adrenal glands after long term exhaustion. Strengthening the adrenal glands will help to reduce allergies.
It brings acceptance and understanding and so is often used in the final stages of hospice care.
Used neat on the skin on cold sores.
Very effective to sedate and calm the mind, especially with panic attacks or hysteria and help with depression whilst also being uplifting.
Helpful with nausea and indigestion especially if that is of a nervous origin.
Use with Rose Otto for shingles and cold sores.
It strengthens the uterus to assist with irregular periods and period pains especially when blended with Geranium.
The word “Melissa” is Greek for “honey bee” and bees are very attracted to the plant’s flowers.
Melissa was introduced to the UK by the Romans and right from then, was used as medicine by the local population.
By 16th Century, the physician Paracelsus claimed Melissa was the Elixir of Life.