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Melissa Essential Oil & Benefits for Skin, Health

What is Melissa Essential Oil ( Lemon Balm )?

Melissa essential oil and Lemon balm are the same oil. Melissa Essential oil has a citrus fragrance that attracts bees. In Greek Melissa means honey bee. Furthermore, it is also popularly known as Sweet oil and Common oil. Melissa oil is the extract of the buds, flowers, and leaves of Melissa plant and citronella plant from the steam distillation process.

Components of Melissa Essential Oil

The main components of Melissa oil are caryophyllene, cerma creme, geraniol, geranyl acetate,  gamma-cadinene, nerol, copaene, alpha-humulene, neral, delta-cadinene, Ocimene, citronellal, cis-Ocimene, octanone, linalool, beta-Bourbonene, trans-methyl heptenone, cis-3-hexanol, octanol, octanol, and geraniol.

Location of Melissa plant

It is native to mainly South-Central Europe, Central Asia, the Mediterranean Basin, Iran, and in  America.

Quality of Melissa Essential Oil

The leaves of Melissa plant ( maximum height is 70-150 cm ) has a mild lemon scent like mint leaves. It belongs to the mint family Lamiaceae. Therefore, In summer, it grows white flowers full of nectar which attracts bees. Because of this, leaves are used as herbs in beverages for favoring. Last but not least, it is grown to manufacture oil or for aromatherapy.

Properties of Melissa Oil

Melissa essential oil is one of the rarest and most expensive oils. First of all, it has various medicinal properties. such as Antibiotics, Antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory. However, it can help with health concerns like insomnia, migraines, diabetes, dementia, herpes, and even depression. Melissa Essential oil has several benefits for skin & hair.

Furthermore,  it is popular as a flavoring agent in beverages. This is because of the sweet and citrus fragrance of Melissa oil. Because of its fragrance, it relaxes the body and reduces tension and nervousness. Melissa oil in a diffuser can help to promote good restful sleep. Furthermore, it also helps to enhance the immune system.

Thus people are cultivating Melissa plants for centuries due to its numerous advantages.

Benefits of Melissa Essential Oil

1. Improves skin health 

Melissa Essential Oil benefits for skin are numerous. It can treat acne, minor wounds, eczema because of anti-fungal properties. Furthermore, Eczema is a condition in which patches of skin become rough and have blisters. Do apply Melissa oil directly to the skin. Thus it helps to clear up skin conditions caused by fungi or bacteria.

2. Can help in Alzheimer

Melissa Oil is researched the most because it can treat Alzheimer’s naturally.  At Newcastle General Hospital Institute research was conducted to know the value of Melissa oil for people with major dementia. Around 70 patients were selected for the Melissa treatment group. Out of the 60% of patients experienced a 30% reduction in agitation scores. In conclusion, Melissa oil can enhance memory and learning.

3. Supports in treatment of Herpes

Herpes is an infection caused by herpes simplex virus 1 and 2. It affects the skin and causes blisters, ulcers, cold sores, pain while urinating, and vaginal discharge. Melissa oil has the ability to treat herpes naturally without any antibiotics. Therefore, Melissa Oil grows resistant bacteria in the body. It happens because of its antiviral and antimicrobial properties. That’s why Melissa Oil can treat viruses of the herpes virus family.

4. Gives relief in Pain

Melissa oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it has the ability to treat inflammation and pain. Moreover, Melissa oil can be taken internally or can apply to skin. It can decrease swelling and can get relief from pain because of antiinflammatory activity.

5. Can fight infection

Melissa Oil has antimicrobial agents. It causes resistant bacterial strains and stops bacterial infections. Furthermore, it happens because it includes citral, citronellal, and trans-caryophyllene compound.

6. Supports in treatment of Diabetes

Melissa Oil is an antidiabetic and hypoglycemic agent. It is because of enhanced glucose uptake and liver metabolism. Therefore, Melissa oil can reduce symptoms of diabetes.

7. Contains Anti Tumor Agent

Various research studies conclude that Melissa essential oil can reduce human cancer cells. In 2014, it was found that Melissa oil has the potential to treat tumors that arise from supportive brain tissues. Moreover, Melissa Oil and Citral reduces the viability of their antioxidant effects and depicts the potential to treat cancer naturally.

8. Can reduce PMS and menstrual symptoms 

Melissa oil is effective in reducing PMS symptoms.

9. Can support in treatment of depression and anxiety

Melissa oil can treat depression and anxiety because of antidepressant, hypnotic and sedative properties. Therefore, it helps to build emotional balance and uplifts the mood.

10. Helps in reducing high blood pressure

Melissa Oil can maintain blood pressure. This is because, it has anti-hyperlipidemic, hypotensive, neuroprotective, antiarrhythmic, and hepatoprotective properties. Therefore, these all properties help to lower blood pressure according to past studies.

11. Helps in lowering Triglyceride Levels

According to nutritionists, Melissa oil has a metabolic effect. It can reduce the level of triglyceride. Even in another research, it was concluded that Melissa essential oil can reduce cholesterol levels and lipid peroxidation levels in the body.

How to Use Melissa Essential Oil ?

  • Depression: Melissa essential oil can be applied on the forehead, shoulders, or chest to reduce anxiety and to balance emotions.
  • Insomnia: It encourages sleep. Therefore, diffuse Melissa essential oil night to develop an environment to sleep.
  • Skin condition: Add Melissa oil in moisturizer or in spray water and sprinkle on the face for the refreshing skin.
  • Dementia: Diffuse Melissa Essential Oil on a regular basis. Or Inhale oil directly from bottle.
  • Treatment for Cold Sores and Herpes: Apply 2-3 drops of Melissa essential oil to the concerned area.
  • Hypoglycemia: Take a few drops in water or tea internally to have better glucose level in the body.
  • Vertigo and, Hypertension and Nervousness: Apply few drops to the back of the neck or ears to remove nausea, dizziness, nervousness, and vomiting sensation. Or take a few drops internally by adding it in water or tea.


  • Keep away from children.
  • Consult a doctor or physician if you are pregnant, nursing, or under care.
  • Avoid eye contact, inner ears, and sensitive areas.


  • Blend Melissa essential oil with Lavender Essential Oil, Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil, Rose Essential Oil, Roman Chamomile Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil.
  • If you have sensitive skin then before applying Melissa essential oil,  dilute it with a carrier oil ( Jojoba oil or coconut oil ).
  • Melissa Essential Oil is one of the expensive and rare oil. If you need good quality, 100 percent pure essential oil then the bottle will range from $65 to $175.
  • Do read the label carefully and buy from a reputable company. It is important if you are buying it for internal use.

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