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Melissa, Melissa officinalis, also known as Lemon Balm, is a great way to combat the anxiety and stress that can accumulate in daily life. Diffusing Melissa creates a comforting aromatic backdrop that promotes relaxation, positivity, and restfulness. Its lovely scent and antidepressant qualities uplift emotions and mood. Its antispasmodic and sedative qualities can be particularly beneficial to help with insomnia, as it calms, quiets, and soothes body and mind.
- Cold Sores: Has been used in the natural treatment of cold sores to speed healing and reduce irritation.
- Depression: Calming and uplifting, Melissa can soothe away stress, while elevating emotions.
- Insomnia: Diffuse bedside to encourage a quiet mind, and restful sleep.
- Muscle Spasms: Diffuse or apply topically to help diminish the frequency and severity of spasms, still restless legs, and calm palpitations.
- Tension: Strengthens, quiets, and soothes nerves while creating a peaceful feeling.
Aroma: lemony, delicate, fresh
Extraction: Steam Distillation
- 2 ml – 100% pure & potent therapeutic essential oil
- 4 ml Ready-to-Go Rollerball – 100% pure & potent therapeutic grade essential oil expertly mixed with high quality fractionated coconut oil to make these rollerballs ready to use on-the-go with the ideal balance of aroma, potency & safety.
- 10 ml – 100% pure & potent therapeutic essential oil
- 10ml Rollerball – 100% pure & potent theraputic essential oil expertly blended with high quality fractionated coconut oil.
Apply 1-2 diluted drops on area of concern, pulse points, abdomen, or back
Add several drops to skin or skin care products
Add 8-10 drops to a diffuser
Add a drop to palms of hands, cover nose and mouth and inhale
Add to water in spray bottle to spritz in a room or on linens
Inhale scent directly from the bottle, or put a drop on a tissue and inhale
INTERNALLY: (see internal use safety recommendations)
Dilute with carrier oil & add to cold or hot beverage to benefit body systems
Add 1-2 diluted drops to capsule
Hazards: Drug Interaction; teratogenicity; skin sensitization.
Cautions (oral): Diabetes medication, drugs metabolized by CYP2B6, pregnancy.
Cautions (dermal): Hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin, children under 2 years of age.
Maximum daily oral dose in pregnancy: 65 mg
Maximum dermal use level: 0.9%
We recommend a dermal maximum of 0.9% to avoid skin sensitization, and a daily oral maximum in pregnancy of 65 mg. This is based on 64% citral content, with dermal and oral citral limits of 0.6% and 0.6 mg/kg (see Citral profile, Chapter 14). We recommend that in antioxidant is added to Melissa oil to guard against oxidation.
IFRA previously recommended that Melissa oil should not be used as a fragrance ingredient (IFRA 2009). In 2009, IFRA introduced a dermal limit of 0.63%. (Tisserand & Young, 2014, p. 350-351)
Our Recommendations: If pregnant, nursing, taking medication, consult your physician before use. Avoid eyes, mucous membranes, and sensitive skin. Keep out of reach of children.
If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (If it is not already diluted, dilute with a carrier oil).
Store in a covered or dark, airtight container in the refrigerator or cool area for longest shelf life.
Antiviral: Melissa is active against viruses such as HSV II in vitro
Allahverdiyev, A., Duran, N., Ozguven, M. and Koltas S. (2004) Antiviral activity of the volatile oils of Melissa officinalis L. against Herpes simplex type-2. Phytomedicine 11, 657-661.
It has therapeutic value in dementia as it can encourage calmness, reduce agitation, and enhance cognition
Ballard, C.G., O’Brien, C.T., Reichelt, K. and Perry, E.K. (2002) Aromatherapy as a safe and effective treatment for the management of agitation in severe dementia: the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with melissa. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 63, 553-558.
Anti-inflammatory: Due to the citral content, Melissa essential oil has the potential to reduce inflammation and pain. CNS sedative: In traditional Moroccan medicine, Melissa is used as an antispasmodic with calming actions.
Bounihi, A., Hajjaj, G., Alnamer, R., Cherrah, Y. and Zellou, A. (2013) In vivo potential anti-inflammatory activity of Melissa officinalis L. essential oil. Advances in Pharmacological Sciences doi: 10.1155/2013/101759. Accessed at
Antidepressant: Citral has relaxing and antidepressant properties (Yim et al. 2009), and citronellal has sedative and sleep-inducing properties, as well as antinociceptive actions
Melo, M.S., Sena, L.C.S., Barreto, F.J.N., Bonjardim, L.R., Almeida, J.R.G.S., Lima, J.T., de Sousa, D.P. and Quintans-Júnior, L. (2010) Antinociceptive effects of citronellal in mice. Pharmaceutical Biology 48, 411-416.
Analgesic: Melissa is dominated by citral, which has antinociceptive action. Antidepressant: Citral has relaxing and antidepressant properties (Yim et al. 2009), and citronellal has sedative and sleep-inducing properties, as well as antinociceptive actions
Quintans-Júnior, L.J., Melo, M.S., de Sousa, D.P., Araujo, A.A., Onofre, A.C., Gelain, D.P., Gonçalves, J.C., Araújo, D.A., Almeida, J.R. and Bonjardim, LR. (2010) Antinociceptive activity of citronellal in formalin-, capsaicin- and glutamate-induced orofacial nociception in rodents and its action on nerve excitability. Journal of Orofacial Pain 24, 305-312.
Quintans-Júnior, L.J., Guimarães, A.G., Santana, M.T., Araujo, B.E.S., Moreira, F.V., Bonjardim, L.R.; Araujo, A.A.S.,Siqueira, J.S., Antoniolli, A.R. and Botelho, M.A. (2011) Citral reduces nociceptive and anti-inflammatory response in rodents. Brazilian Journal of Pharmacognosy 21, 497-502.
Antibacterial: The antibacterial activity is due, at least in part, to citral and citronellal. Immunostimulant: Melissa is thought to have immunostimulant activity which is related to its anti-inflammatory properties, both due in part to the presence of citral.
Saad, N.Y., Muller, C.D. and Lobstein, A. (2013) Major bioactivities and mechanism of action of essential oils and their components. Flavour and Fragrance Journal 28, 269-279.
Antioxidant: The essential oil has antioxidant activity, which is related to the presence of citral and citronellal
Shaaban, H.A.E., El-Ghorab, A.H. and Shibamoto, T. (2012) Bioactivity of essential oils and their volatile aroma components: review. Journal of Essential Oil Research 24, 2, 203-212.
It is active against Candida
Silva, B., Guterres, S.S., Weisheimer, V. and Schapoval, E.E. (2008) Antifungal activity of the lemongrass oil and citral against Candida spp. Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases 12, 63-66.
Antifungal: Citral has antifungal activity
Tao, N., OuYang, O. and Jia, L. (2014) Citral inhibits mycelial growth of Penicillium italicum by a membrane damage mechanism. Food Control 41, 116-121.
Antidepressant: Citral has relaxing and antidepressant properties
Yim, V.W.C., NG, A.K.Y., Tsang, H.W.H. and Leung, A.Y. (2009) A review on the effects of aromatherapy for patients with depressive symptoms. The Journal of Alternative and Complementarity Medicine 15, 2, 187-195.