Melissa Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Common Method Of Extraction: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Flowering tops, leaves and stems
Note Classification: Middle
Aroma: Citrus, light, fresh
Largest Producing Countries: USA, Hungary, Egypt, and Italy
Lemon Balm Melissa: Description
Melissa genus is widely spread in the regions like Europe, Mid-Asia, and North America. The term Melissa originates from Greek word that means “bee” which shows the attraction of the flowers have for bees, insects to produce honey.
Lemon balm Melissa has a short root-stock, square stem and branches which can grow up to 1 to 2 feet in heights. This type of Melissa, exhibits lemon odor and lemon tastes. Also, its flowers are white and slight yellowish in color. The flowers generally bloom in June-October season. Also, the plant dies in winter but due to it perennial roots it keeps up the growth in the summers.
Lemon balm Melissa contains following properties: Antibiotic, antiviral, antihistaminic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, stimulant, bactericidal, calmative, carminative, cordial, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hypnotic, hypotensive, nervine, antidepressant, stomachic, sudoforic, tonic, uterine, and vermifuge.
Lemon Balm: Cultivation
Lemon Balm can grow in any kind of soils and generally get propagated by seeds. It is also propagated through cutting or dividing the roots in autumn or spring season. Cut roots into small pieces having 3-4 buds and then plant in the soil available. Just make sure that the plant is protected from weeds and cut the decayed stalks in the autumn season, later you can stir it into the ground between the gaps of the roots.
Lemon Balm Melissa: Uses and Medical Actions
Lemon balm Melissa is highly used for fragrant products like cosmetics, perfumes and toiletries. Its perfumes and fragrance are loved by men and women both.
Lemon balm Melissa s is pretty effective in several serious maladies like Allergies, amenorrhea, anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, calming, chronic coughs, colds, colic, depression, dysentery, eczema, fever, general tonic, headache, herpes, hypertension, hysteria, indigestion, infertility, insomnia, insect bites, intellectual fatigue, irritability, menstrual pain, migraine, nausea, nervous tension, palpitations, shock, sterility (women), stomach cramps, stress, vertigo, and vomiting and so on.
You can make innovative uses of the lemon balm oil by blending it with Chamomile roman, frankincense, geranium, lavender, neroli, petitgrain, rose, and citrus oils.
Lemon balm is possible sensitization, Non-toxic and dermal irritation, thus use in minimal dilutions only.