Melissa Officinalis or Lemon Balm is easily recognized by most people because of it powerful therapeutic property. Surprisingly, it was given its name based on the Greek meaning of the word, Melissa i.e. honey bee. If you have taken a whiff of this herb, you understand why. The Melissa plant has a sweet, citrusy, fresh fragrance that attracts bees.
Melissa Essential Oil is obtained through the steam distillation of its leaves and flowers, and is among one of the most rare and expensive essential oils. One of the factors that makes Melissa oil so valuable is the wide range of health benefits that it provides.
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Let us take a detailed look at the source and benefits that can be gained from Melissa Oil:
Origin of Melissa Essential Oil
Melissa or lemon balm essential oil belongs to the mint or the Lamiaceae family. Its leaves bear resemblance to other mint species. It is a native of West Asia and the East Mediterranean region where it is considered a medicinal herb. Amongst its many therapeutic characteristics are its antimicrobial nature, which makes it resistant to all kinds of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Besides that, it also possesses antispasmodic and antidepressant qualities.
Chemical Composition of Melissa Essential Oil
Like most essential oils, Melissa Oil also possesses antioxidant characteristics. The special compounds found in this herb and consequently the oil that is extracted from them gives it the power to combat free radicals. According to Pubmed.gov, there are about 70 active compounds in Melissa Oil that give it its antioxidative power. A few of those compounds are mentioned below:
It is unsurprising that Melissa Oil is valued for its capacity to capture oxygen radicals. After all, it has an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of 134,300 µTE/100 g. This means 100 g of Melissa extract can neutralize free radicals. Its medicinal properties also make Melissa Oil and its extracts useful in different kinds of scientific studies. So far, it has been studied for its effects on:
- Alzheimer’s disease
History of Melissa Essential Oil
Melissa Farm in Greece
Melissa Oil was well-known for its therapeutic properties back in the old days. In fact, it has been in use for hundreds of years. The French Carmelite nuns of the 14th century imbibed tonic water that contained this herb. Two centuries later, Paracelsus had dubbed it The Elixir of Life. Coming from the person famous worldwide as a botanist, philosopher, and physician, this is a title that shouldn’t be taken lightly. In the 17th century, the author John Evelyn, who also grew lemon balm, described it to have powers that removed melancholy while strengthening the memory.
Benefits of Melissa Essential Oil:
Melissa Uses for Cognitive Coolness
It turns out John Evelyn was on to something when he said that lemon balm had the power to calm us down. Add to it the fact that the easy application of essential oils makes them the perfect way to promote relaxation. We might think that the aromatic essential oils make us feel better because we like the way they smell. But when we inhale their aromas, they go deep within our bodies and help return balance to our lives. However, Melissa Oil doesn’t just help you relax, but also promotes better cognitive function, eases symptoms of depression, and might be helpful in reversing the effects of Alzheimer's disease.
Melissa Uses for Anti-inflammatory Activity
A study showed the presence of the anti-inflammatory effects of Melissa Oil. In this research, Melissa Oil was applied on rats that had developed trauma-induced edema on their hind paws. An edema refers to a swollen area on a part of the body created due to trapped fluid. After the use of Melissa Oil, the rats showed improvement since it prevented the development of edemas. Additionally, the oil also reduced the pre-existing edemas in rats. This suggests that Melissa Oil can bring us relief from pain and inflammation. It can also reduce swelling due to its anti-inflammatory activity when applied to the swollen area topically.
Melissa Uses for Infections
Since the discovery of antibiotics, health experts have predicted that this would increase our problems, instead of solving them. As different strains of bacteria become increasingly resistant to such antibiotics, it seems the dire prediction is bound to come true. In such situation, won’t it be better if we could put a stop or slow down antibacterial resistance by using alternate medicine? Herbal medicines are such an example that can help us overcome our therapeutic failures.
One such solution is found in Melissa Oil that shows anti-bacterial activity. It has been known to prevent infections. The compounds responsible for this characteristic in the oil include the following:
In 2008, a study showed that Melissa Oil was more effective in combating the infections caused by Gram-positive bacterial strains than lavender essential oil. This potentially means that we could be free of ailments caused by candida and other bacterial cronies.
Melissa Uses for People struggling with Diabetes
It is thought that by increasing the amount of glucose that is metabolized in the liver, Melissa Essential Oil can help people with diabetes. Since it also prevents more glucose from being synthesized i.e. gluconeogenesis, Melissa also acts as an efficient hypoglycemic agent. According to this 2010 study, this could be a definite possibility. The research included the use of Melissa Essential Oil in rats. After six weeks, significant improvement could be seen in levels of serum insulin. Melissa Oil also made them more tolerant to glucose and brought down blood glucose levels in the rats as compared with the control group. All this points to Melissa Oil having good potential in solving the diabetes epidemic that plagues the world.
Melissa Uses as a Skin Softener
If you love pampering your skin, then Melissa Oil can help you there as well. It keeps the largest organ in the body safe from ailments, such as minor wounds and eczema. As already mentioned, Melissa Oil shows antibacterial and antifungal activity, it means Melisa Oil can also be used to prevent and treat acne. Skin conditions caused by fungus and bacteria clear up faster with the topical application of Melissa Oil.
Melissa Uses Against Viruses
Melissa Oil isn’t just effective against fungal and bacterial enemies. Melissa Essential Oil can also be used to combat diseases and infections caused by viruses. For instance, cold sores are caused by different viruses from the herpes virus family. In another study that was published in the journal, Phytomedicine, in 2008, it was seen that Melissa Oil could be a valuable essential oil for cold sores. The herpes viruses responsible for causing cold sores, simplex virus types 1 and 2 have a protective lipid coat. The compounds present in Melissa Oil happen to be lipid-loving or lipophilic in nature. They penetrated the viral shell and stopped the infection in its tracks. With it powerful therapeutic property, Melissa Oil has been known as the best essential oil to get rid of herpes and also has implications for other kinds of viral infections. The group of people that stands to benefit the most from such a development are the ones who have already developed a resistance to the antiviral agents used commonly.
Melissa Used to Improve Mood
If an oil, such as Melissa Oil, can boost our cognitive abilities temporarily or improve depression, it means that it has deep-reaching effects. This is true because Melissa Oil’s antidepressant and neuroprotective properties were seen in the results of this study. While Melissa Oil seems like a boon for people who deal with depression, it can also help others. Due to its hypnotic and sedative effect, Melissa Oil can also be used to bring peace to the anxious and calm the nervous by creating a feeling of warmth. Its uplifting compounds can improve our mood as was shown by this study done on healthy young volunteers. Moreover, the oil is effective even in minute doses and doesn’t produce any side effects.
More Common Uses of Melissa Oil:
The following remedies can be used to gain relief from common problems with the use of Melissa Oil:
- Topical application of Melissa Oil to the back of the neck or chest can help relieve hypertension.
- By diffusing the oil on a daily basis, one might also slow down the progression of dementia.
- Feelings of nervousness and vertigo can be overcome by topical application of 2-3 drops to the back of ears or neck. This will also help with nausea, dizziness, and vomiting.
- For relief from eczema and other skin conditions, mix Melissa Oil with a carrier in the ratio of five drops to an ounce. Apply to the affected area daily for relief.
- Application to the back of ears and neck, and wrists can help ease depression and anxiety.
- Relief from symptoms of Cold sores and herpes requires topical application of diluted 2-3 drops of Melissa Oil to the infected area.
Oils That Blend Well with Melissa Oil
Essential oils are best used in combination since this can have a synergistic effect on the user. It is best to mix oils that complement each other. For Melissa Oil, the list of complimentary oils are as follows:
- Geranium Essential Oil
- Citrus Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Bergamot Essential Oil
- Orange Essential Oil
- Melaleuca Essential Oil
- Thyme Essential Oil
- Oregano Essential Oil
Safe Usage of Melissa Oil
While Melissa Oil does have many benefits, always practice safe usage. That means not using the oil, if you have hypothyroidism. This is because Melissa Oil can lower the level of TSH secreted by the thyroid gland and block the gland from absorbing any medications you might be taking. For people who suffer from hyperthyroidism, use of Melissa Oil can actually help them.
Another thing to keep in mind is that Melissa Oil can be mildly irritating for sensitive skin. Therefore, if you fall in that group, it is best not to apply it to your skin. Keep the oil away from your ears, eyes, and nose. For people who are using this oil for the first time: it is better to do a patch test before applying even the diluted carrier-Melissa Oil blend to skin.
Carrier Oil for Melissa Oil
For every ounce of carrier oil, add 5 drops of Melissa Oil.
Use Melissa Oil for Bath
Soak in a warm bath after adding 2-3 drops of Melissa Oil to it. When you step out, you will feel calmer and more in control. It is one of the best ways to relax after a hectic day.
Diffuse 2-3 drops of Melissa Oil for 30-60 min in a GuruNanda Essential Oil Diffuser.
For every ounce of distilled water, add 7 drops of Melissa Oil. Then use as a room deodorizer.
Melissa Essential Oil has been a part of traditional medicine for many years. You can use it to treat different health conditions as well, such as dementia, diabetes, insomnia, anxiety, herpes, migraines, and hypertension. Try some today!
Where to Buy 100% Pure & Natural Melissa Essential Oil
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It is quite easy to find Melissa Oil since it is widely available in most health stores. If you haven’t spotted one in a store nearby, then you can also order it online. As already mentioned, the purchase will be relatively more expensive when compared to other common essential oils. There's no doubt that Melissa Oil is worth every penny.
Another thing to keep in mind is that with essential oils, less is always more. So, don’t use a whole lot of the oil for just anything. A few drops can go a long way. Also, make sure you read the label carefully so that you only buy pure Melissa Essential Oil.
As with the other oils, there are several ways of using Melissa Oil. You can use it via aromatherapy by diffusing it in your home or office. If you don’t like the aroma when diffused, you can always dilute it in a GuruNanda Carrier Oil and apply Melissa Oil topically.
If you have used essential oils in the past, you will already be familiar with the process. However, if this is your first time using one, remember never to apply any oil directly to your skin. Always, dilute Melissa oil in a 1:10 ratio with a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil first.