What is Melissa Oil?Melissa oil comes from a herb called Melissa officinalis which is a sweet-scented perennial herb with either white or pink flowers. Originally native to southern Europe, and also parts of the Mediterranean, the Melissa or lemon balm as it is otherwise known is widely used in many balms for its sweet aroma and strong soothing properties. Back in the 15th century (that is way back into yesteryears), the Melissa extract was known as the "elixir of life" for its mood-lifting ability. Pure lemon balm oil is very expensive because the leaves and flowers do not yield much oil, and as such a humongous amount of the plant is needed to get a decent amount of oil. As a result of this, the extracted oil is usually adulterated with other oils of the similar composition such as lemon. So, if you do get a vial of pure lemon balm oil, do put it in the safe, or fetch yourself a nice payday on e-bay (I doubt you'll do this when you get to know the joys of this oil). Melissa oil is extracted by steam distillation of the plant's flowers and leaves.
PropertiesMelissa oil has a clear bright yellow color, with a fresh lemony fragrance, due to the presence of citrus and citronellal, which are the oil's main components. The oil is made up mainly of aldehydes and monoterpenes. The oil is famous for its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, and anti-diabetic properties amongst others.
- It is advised to take a skin test before subscribing to full use Melissa oil and essential oils in general, to avoid irritation.
- Pregnant women are advised to seek medical advice before using Melissa oil
- Keep out of the reach of children.
Anti-viral propertiesHaving a hard time with acne or eczema, or even cold sores? Can't stand the flu and incessant coughing? Give Melissa oil a try and you won't regret it. Melissa oil has strong antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties which will make skin and respiratory infections flee for their worrisome existence and tag you as non-Grata. One of the most impressive abilities of Melissa oil is its ability to treat cold sores. It is directly aggressive to the herpes simplex virus which is responsible for cold sores.
A natural approach to control diabetesLemon balm oil has been tested and confirmed as an anti-diabetic oil for type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes requires an overhaul of lifestyle as well as dietary manners, won't hurt to make something so natural part of that change.
Out with the garbageWe never tire of taking care of our skin, and probably can't say with certainty what lines we wouldn't cross in the healthcare-verse to make sure our cherished skin remains and feels evergreen. You won't have to go too far this time because Melissa oil has just the right mix of diaphoretic and sudorific properties which promotes sweat and perspiration. In the skin world, this means deep cleaning and opening of pores, elimination of toxins, excess water and salts.
Positive vibesSome days can really be rough, others just bad (waking up on the wrong side of the bed). This, coupled with the stress of everyday life just leaves you needing a pick-me-up every now and an again. Why not try something natural and which has in days past earned the moniker the "nectar of life"?
AntidepressantMelissa oil is a well-documented and lauded antidepressant with calming and relaxing effects on the mind and body. You'll be left feeling upbeat and full of positive energy before you can say "really??"
- If you suffer from hypothyroidism, then Melissa oil is definitely not for you. It blocks the absorption of thyroid medicines and is known to lower thyroid hormone levels.
- The oil if used in large doses can irritate or sensitive skin.