Green Valley Aromatherapy

Melissa, true

General Properties of Melissa Essential Oil

  • antidepressant
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • carminative
  • digestive
  • emmenagogue
  • hypotensive
  • sedative
>Origin: Italy. Steam distilled from the leaves of the herb. Middle note.

Description of Melissa Essential Oil

Melissa is a herb that is steam distilled from the leaves. It is produced mainly in the Mediterranean and Europe, although it grows quite proficiently anywhere. The resulting essential oil has three main active principles in common with lemon essential oil - citral, citronellal and linalol, and as such should be treated with caution on the skin as it can cause irritation.

Melissa essential oil's main property is that of soothing both the body and the mind. Asthma and coughs may be relieved by inhalations of Melissa essential oil. This essential oil may help to regulate erratic patterns of ovulation.

Due to its calming, soothing effects, Melissa essential oil may also help to lower high blood pressure and will help to calm over-rapid breathing and heartbeat. This essential oil is recommended when initially treating shocked and bereaved individuals. Due to its antiseptic and cytophilactic abilities, Melissa essential oil is good for treating acne, dermatitis and eczema in low doses (1% dilutions).

This oil blends well with Bergamot essential oil, Orange essential oil and Clary sage essential oil.

Specific Cautions for Melissa Essential Oil

May cause sensitivity or irritaion. Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.

References about Melissa Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Melissa Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.