Melissa (Melissa officinalis)
Bright, fresh, lemony scent
Aromatherapy benefits: strengthening and revitalizing, yet soothing and calming
Mental/Emotional: Agitation, anxiety, dementia, nervous tension
Physical: Flu, indigestion, herpes, nausea, shingles and cold sores
Melissa was an important ingredient in Carmelite water (distilled in France since 1611 by members of the Carmelite Order). Several studies report that melissa may benefit the skin. It is also comforting during the winter season and supportive of immune system function.* Melissa has an approximate ORAC of 1,343,547 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
For dietary or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as soy or rice milk.
Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician.
Aromatherapy References & Resources:
Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy. 1st ed. Kurt Schnaubelt. Healing Arts Press, 1998.
Aromatherapy for Health Professionals, 4e. 4th ed. Churchill Livingstone, 2011. Shirley Price Cert Ed FISPA MIFA FIAM, and Len Price Cert Ed MIT(Trichology) FISPA FIAM.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art. Kathy Keville. 2nd ed. Crossing Press, 2008.
The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy. Kurt Schnaubelt. Healing Arts Press, 2011.
Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies. Fritz, Stephanie. Gently Born Publications, 2012.
Young Living Essential Oils
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA)