Melissa essential oil comes from a herbaceous perennial plant called Melissa Officinalis. It is part of the Lamicaceae (mint) family, and native to West Asia and the Mediterranean. The plant grows to between 45 to 60 centimetres tall, with edible wrinkled, green oval leaves. Small white flowers grow in the leaf axils during the summer. Melissa essential oil is extracted from the leaves using steam distillation.
Melissa has been used since ancient times, due to its plethora of therapeutic benefits. Aromatic and topical use can promote calming and relaxation, soothing away tension and nerves, whilst topical application can also boost skin health. Melissa is also known for its antiviral and antimicrobial properties, and internal use can support the immune system.
Furthermore, Melissa can be used in the kitchen to add a sweet, citrusy flavour to a range of dishes such as ice cream, tea, and seafood dishes.
Add a few drops to a diffuser of your choice.
Melissa essential oil is safe for neat application.
Possible skin sensitivity.
Blends well with
Supports the immune system
Melissa is well-known for its ability to give the immune system a boost. Dilute and apply to the bottom of the feet and along the spine, or take in a capsule.
Helps fight cold sores, herpes and fever blisters
The natural antiviral properties of Melissa may assist the body’s recovery from cold sores, herpes, and fever blisters. Take in a gel capsule or apply directly to the affected area.
Reduces feelings of sadness, anxiety, and shock
Use the calming, soothing properties of Melissa essential oil to reduce sadness, anxiety, and shock. Apply to the back of the neck and the ears, diffuse, or apply to the roof of the mouth and hold for five to ten seconds.
Helps with bites, stings and warts
Apply Melissa essential oil to the bottom of the feet or directly to the affected area to soothe bites, stings, and warts, and promote recovery.
Helps with seasonal and environmental threats
If you’re experiencing discomfort due to seasonal and environmental threats, inhale Melissa essential oil from cupped hands, take a drop in a capsule, or apply to the bottom of the feet and over the bridge of the nose to ease the symptoms.
Helps to maintain healthy blood pressure
Diffuse Melissa essential oil, take in a capsule or apply to the back of the neck or over the heart to assist with maintaining healthy blood pressure.
Helps with the symptoms of vertigo
If you’re suffering from vertigo, apply Melissa essential oil to the back of the neck and behind the ears, or take internally to help relieve the symptoms.
Soothes and calms skin irritations
The soothing benefits of Melissa can help with skin irritations when applied topically. Dilute and massage over the area of discomfort for relief.
Supports women’s health
Gently apply Melissa essential oil over the abdomen or take in a capsule to help maintain healthy hormone balance.
Supports the digestive system
Apply Melissa essential oil over the abdomen or take in a capsule to help maintain a healthy digestive system.
Restores emotional balance
If you are feeling down, use Melissa aromatically and topically to feel light-filled.