How to Use Melissa Essential Oil for Health
The Melissa plant, also known as lemon balm, is the herbaceous origin of Melissa essential oil.
This plant ranges from one and a half to two feet in height. The medium-green leaves of the plant are wrinkled and ovate in shape and the leaves of the plant are edible.
Aromatically, Melissa oil has a wonderfully fresh, lemony character. It’s a delightful aroma that many find pleasant.
Melissa essential oil is comprised of approximately 60% aldehydes and 10% monoterpenols. And it is said to have antibacterial, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antispasmodic properties.
Here are some health benefits of Melissa essential oil:
1. Supports a Healthy Immune System
The most prominent health benefits of Melissa oil is that it helps support a healthy immune system. Research shows that Melissa oil has anti-inflammatory properties (source). Because of this, it can be used to treat diseases that are associated with inflammation, which keeps us healthy.
To use: take Melissa oil internally by putting a few drops into a veggie capsule and ingesting it like a dietary supplement.
2. Helps You Concentrate
Melissa oil is known to support memory and cognitive health, especially in helping with mild memory problems associated with aging.
To use: diffuse 5 drops of Melissa and 5 drops of frankincense in your office.
3. Supports Cellular Health
One study found that Melissa oil can help with brain tumors like glioblastoma (source). It showed that Melissa oil (along with lemongrass oil) had the ability to induce apoptosis (cell death) in resistant cancer cells.
To use: blend 15 drops each of sandalwood, lavender, Melissa oils, fill rest of bottle with fractionated coconut oil then roll the blend onto the place on the feet that corresponds to area of concern (see chart here) and also roll directly onto the area of concern. For example, for breast cancer, you will roll these blends onto the breasts up to 3 times per day as well as on the area of the feet corresponding to the chest. You can also use these blends aromatically in a diffuser.
4. Calms Your Nerves
Two of the main chemical constituents of Melissa essential oil are geranial and neral, which contain soothing properties that make this essential oil a perfect oil to help you relax.
To use: before a nerve-wracking speech, presentation, or performance, apply one to two drops of Melissa essential oil to the palms of your hands and cup your hands over your nose and inhale
5. Rejuvenates Skin
In studies, healing times for dermatologic disorders were found to be statistically better in the groups treated with lemon balm (Melissa) oil. And dōTERRA actually uses it in its Brightening Gel, which brightens and evens skin tone. It can also help the skin look clean and healthy, as well as reduce the appearances of blemishes when applied topically.
To use: add Melissa oil to your moisturizer or to a spray bottle with water and spritz your face.
6. Helps You Sleep
Because of its soothing properties, Melissa essential oil is great for promoting a peaceful sleep.
To use: diffuse to create a relaxing environment that encourages a restful night’s sleep.
7. Improves Your Mood
Applying Melissa essential oil will help lessen feelings of stress and promote emotional well-being. It has also been shown to have uplifting compounds that can improve your mood (source).
To use: to turn that frown upside down, rub Melissa oil on your forehead, shoulders, or chest.
Oils that Blend with Melissa Oil
Melissa oil blends well with citrus oils as well as dōTERRA On Guard, geranium, lavender, rose, basil, and frankincense essential oils for diffusion.
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