Melissa essential oil, also known as lemon balm, received the name “Melissa” because of its sweet, fresh, citrus-like fragrance, which was known to attract bees. Melissa is Greek for “honey bee” and is one of the rarest and most expensive essential oils on the market.
It has a wide range of health benefits including the ability to:
Melissa essential oil can be diffused at night or rubbed on the forehead, shoulders, or chest to help lessen feelings of stress and promote emotional well-being and restful sleep. You can also add a drop or two to a moisturizer or a spray bottle with water and spritz on your face to rejuvenate skin and refresh the mind. In fact, one of the best benefits of melissa essential oils is its ability to treat skin and mouth irritations and blemishes.
And as you may have guessed with its other benefits, melissa essential oil has the ability to stop bacterial infections. The most important identified compounds in melissa oil that are well-known for their anti-pathogen effects are citral, citronellal and trans-caryophyllene. A 2008 study showed that melissa oil exhibited a higher degree of antibacterial activity than did lavender oil against Gram-positive bacterial strains, including yeast. [source]
But not only does melissa essential oil have strong purifying and cleansing properties, it can be taken internally or applied topically to reduce puffiness and irritation and relieve discomfort due to its anti-inflammatory activity. This is a great benefit to the body, as many on-going issues develop from some type of inflammation.
Melissa essential oil also helps maintain healthy blood glucose levels and improve glucose tolerance. It naturally treats skin conditions and cuts, scrapes or scratches. And it helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels and total cholesterol levels.
If you plan to internally use the oil you want high-quality, 100% certified pure therapeutic grade oil. Because of its rarity and healing benefits, plan to pay a lot for this oil, but it’s totally worth it.
Here are some ways to easily use melissa essential oil:
Have you tried melissa essential oil before or is it on your list of oils to try? I’d love to hear what you think about this rare oil and all it can do to help heal the body. Comment below with your experiences or why it’s on your list of oils to try.