Melissa oil is one of the most valuable ingredients used in aromatherapy but every drop is worth the price. The exceptional citrus aroma of lemon balm has a refreshing effect, helps to calm the nerves and induces the state of relaxation. But there are even more interesting properties of the essential oil. It has a beneficial effect on the immune and digestive systems but also helps to clear a congested, runny nose.

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Melissa essential oil | Melissa Officinalis

Traditional use: Lemon balm is one of the most popular herbs used in the tradition of natural medicine. The history of its use goes back to the middle ages and even ancient times. In Europe, lemon balm has been used for roughly 2 thousand years! Primarily, as a remedy for different pains because fresh leaves of lemon balm rubbed into a wound or an insect bite gave immediate relief. In ancient Greece and Rome, this herb gained many nicknames including “happiness for the heart”. The first mention of lemon balm can be found in “Historia Plantarum” – the text written by Theophrastus of Eresos around the 3rd century BCE. 

Lemon balm is usually available in the form of dried leaves and flowering tops but also as an essential oil. The oil has a really pleasant, refreshing, sweet-and-sour citrus aroma. It is the unique fragrance that makes lemon balm oil such a popular addition in aromatherapy and cosmetics. It’s worth noting that the production method of this oil is quite expensive and time-consuming which makes it a very valuable resource for every natural medicine enthusiast. The most notable are its calming effects that will help to deal with stress and mild anxiety while helping to fully relax. In addition to that, lemon balm oil destroys bacteria and fungi which makes it a great support for immunity. Natural medicine experts claim that it is really effective against digestive system infections. Keep in mind that some people use the oil to improve digestion and to soothe ailments such as constipation and colics. It is also widely used as a natural remedy that prevents the upper respiratory tract infections thanks to a warming effect and the ability to reduce cough and soreness of the throat. Lemon balm is popular in aromatherapy but also as a nice, aromatic addition to the overall atmosphere at home.

Occurrence: Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a perennial plant belonging to the group of Lamiaceae. It has a distinctive, pleasant citrus aroma released after breaking or rubbing the leaves. Those leaves have a round or heart-shaped blade with slightly serrated edges – they look similar to the leaves of fresh mint. They are the main herbal resource. In late spring and summer, lemon balm grows small, slightly yellow flowers that occur between the stem and leaves.

Lemon balm naturally occurs in Europe, Northern Africa and Asia. It can be found near houses, in gardens or on meadows. On average lemon balm plants reach up to 1 meter in height. The essential oil that can be found in our shop has been collected from the finest Melissa officinalis herbs cultivated in the countryside of Bulgaria.

Biochemistry: The outstanding aroma and health benefits of lemon balm essential oil are due to the active compounds, including: citronellal, citral, geraniol, beta-caryophyllene and menthol.

The oil available in our shop is produced with a method of steam distillation from the leaves and flowering tops of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). Thanks to that, every drop is optimally condensed and has an aroma bouquet unique for this plant.

Aroma: Top note of high intensity and medium durability.

Fun fact: Lemon balm was quite popular in the monastic gardens. The monks used this herb to prepare wine, liqueur and other beverages. In the 17th century the Carmelites came up with a recipe for Carmelite water (Eau de Melisse des Carmes Boyer) – a type of vodka based on fresh lemon balm leaves.

How does Melissa essential oil | Melissa Officinalis work?

Improves stress resilience: Lemon balm is known as a remedy for nervous tension. Scientific results have proven that the active compounds found in its essential oil stimulate the activity of the neurotransmitters responsible for good mood: GABA, dopamine and serotonin. GABA prevents overstimulation of the nervous system and the whole body. Dopamine is responsible for motivation to act and for feelings of pleasure. Serotonin is the “happiness hormone” and provides a sense of mental well-being. During clinical tests, the active ingredients of lemon balm oil have been shown to relieve symptoms of stress. They are also effective when used preventively and help to deal with difficult situations.

Improves sleeping quality: Traditionally, lemon balm has been used as a sleeping aid due to its calming and tranquilizing properties. The results of numerous studies have confirmed that the biologically active components contained in the essential oil of this plant promote the activity of GABA and serotonin. These neurotransmitters, in addition to their beneficial effects on mood, are particularly important for sleep. They help with getting relaxed and preparing for rest after a busy day. They make it easier to fall asleep, but also ensure that the sleep is strong during the whole night. Therefore, thanks to their balanced activity the body can recover more efficiently – both physically and mentally. During clinical tests, the active ingredients of lemon balm essential oil have been proven to help with falling asleep and improving sleeping quality.

Supports the nervous system: Essential oil of lemon balm helps to calm the mind, but this is not its only effect on the intellectual sphere. During numerous scientific studies, it has been proven that using this oil has a beneficial effect on cognitive abilities, especially in cases when they are impaired. Improvements were observed especially in terms of working and short-term memory. Scientists speculate that the active substances of lemon balm essential oil can increase the activity of acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter is crucial for efficient memory and information processing, but it also facilitates connecting new data with previously stored memories. Lemon balm oil increases GABA activity as well, which improves stability of concentration and further supports cognitive performance.

Supports overall health: Lemon balm brings benefits not only to the mental sphere or neurotransmitter activity, but it also supports the condition of the body. The results of numerous studies have shown that the active compounds found in the essential oil of this plant have a beneficial effect on the digestive tract. They have been proven to regulate intestinal movements, counteracting bloating and improving digestion. It is possible that this influence is partially caused by their calming properties since many issues with digestion are related to stress. Lemon balm essential oil helps to regulate the functioning of the heart too. It shows anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which helps to prevent damage to the cells. Moreover, it can be useful for the immune system. All this makes lemon balm oil an excellent choice for mental as well as physical well-being.

Melissa essential oil | Melissa Officinalis product specification

PRODUCT FORM:
  • natural essential oil
INGREDIENTS:
  • 100% extract from the leaves and flowers of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)
PACKAGING:
  • glass bottle with a dropper containing 10 ml / 30 ml / 50 ml /100 ml / 2×100 ml of oil (depending on a chosen variation)
  • seal ring on a bottle
  • netto weight: 10 g / 30 g / 50 g / 100 g / 2×100 g (depending on a chosen variation)
INTENDED USE:
  • aromatherapy
  • neuroregulation
  • natural medicine
  • cosmetics, perfumes
LEGAL STATUS:
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

How to use Melissa essential oil | Melissa Officinalis?

BATH:
  • add 4-5 drops to hot water and spread it evenly
MASSAGE:
  • add 1-2 drops to the carrier oil
INHALATION:
  • add 1-2 drops to hot water
AROMATHERAPY:
  • add 2-4 drops to an aromatherapy diffuser
PERFUMES:
  • adjust the quantity to reach the desired aroma note
COSMETICS:
  • use accordingly to the procedure

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