Essential Oil of the Month: Melissa!

Essential oils are the oils from the plants they were extracted from in concentrated form. Essential oils have been used in skincare, folk and alternative medicine, aromatherapy, cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, foods and drinks for centuries.

Melissa

Melissa comes from the Greek word for “honey or honey bee”, other names for Melissa are Melita, Mel, Melina,  or Lemon Balm.  Melissa was called the ‘elixir of life’ by Avincenna, the ancient Roman physician. The herb was associated particularly with nervous disorders, the heart, and emotions. Melissa was used for anxiety, melancholy, and to strengthen and revive the vital spirit.

It has anti-depressant, anti-histaminic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, bactericide, carminative, cordial, diaphoretic, emmenogogue, febrifuge, hypertensive, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, tonic, uterine, and vermifuge properties.

In skin care it can be used for allergies, insect bites, herpes, shingles, and as an insect repellant.  It can help relieve:   high blood pressure, asthma, bronchitis, chronic coughs, hay fever, colic, indigestion, nausea, menstrual problems, anxiety, depression, hypertension, insomnia, migraine, nervous tension, panic attacks, shock, vertigo.

Melissa/Lemon Balm

It has a calming effect on highly strung individuals. Helps “heal the heart” (grief, death, sorrow.)

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of melissa essential oil to the carrier oil and massage into the face or specific area. Remove excess oil with a toner specific to your skin type or condition with a cotton pad.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

 

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

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