sweet, fresh and citrus-like smell and is pale yellow in color and has a watery viscosity.
Melissa offincinalis is from the Mediterranean region and grows to about 60 cm (2 feet). It likes soil with a high iron content and has small serrated slightly hairy leaves and small white-pink flowers.
The flowers are very attractive to bees; the name ‘Melissa’ is the Greek word for honeybee and is also know as “lemon balm’ or in Hebrew ‘Bal-Smin” meaning ‘Chief of oils.’
In the 14th century it was included in tonic water made by the French Carmelite nuns and Paracelsus (1493 – 1541) called this herb ‘The Elixir of life’ while John Evelyn (1620 -1706) described it as “sovereign for the brain, strengthening the memory, and powerfully chasing away melancholy”.
It can settle the digestive system, helps with nausea, flatulence, vomiting, dyspepsia and dysentery and has a cooling effect on fevers. It can help with headaches and migraines associated with colds.When treatment is started in the early stages, it can also be used as a topical treatment for cold sores (herpes simplex).
calms the nerves and has excellent qualities in fighting depression. Its sedative effect is well documented.
Major biochemical compounds:
trans-ocimene, cis-ocimene, 3-octanone, methyl hepenone, cis-3-hexenol, 3-octanol, 1-octen-3-ol, copaene, citronellal, linalool, b-bourbonene, caryophyllene, a-humulene, neral, germacrene-D, geranial, geranyl acetate, d-cadinene, y-cadinene, nerol and geraniol.
Method of use:
Essential oils can be used in a variety of methods of application and/or inhalation. Massage, bath, diffusion–there are endless opportunities for using Oshadhi genuine and authentic essential oils. For guidelines, see our Aromatherapy page.
- Melissa oil is non-toxic but could cause sensitization and irritation and should always be used in low dilutions. For this reason it should be avoided during pregnancy and by people with a very sensitive skin.