Melissa officinalis
Botanical name: 
Melissa officinalis

Nurturing and calm

Please note: The information below is meant to give a brief outline of how an oil can be applied by a trained aromatherapist.
Please do not use this information as a guide for how to use essential oils at home.

Properties and applications: 
Anti Spasmodic - cramps, colic, nausea, nervous diarrhoea, asthma
Antiseptic, Antimicrobial - bacterial, fungal and viral infections
Central Nervous System Restorative - exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome
Antiviral - cold sores, chicken pox, shingles
Hypotensive - hypertension
Sedative - panic, shock, hysteria, fear, nervous conditions, insomnia
Euphoric - depression, chronic conditions, lack of confidence, general unhappiness
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Country of origin: 
Spain, France
Part of plant used: 
Whole plant
Method of extraction: 
Steam distillation
Blends with: 
Woody, citrus and floral oils.
Chemical character: 
Aldehyde type
Safety information: 
Caution - Hypersensitive, avoid diseased, delicate, damaged or children's skin,
Odour profile: 
Earthy, green, citrus and honey notes
Plant description: 
A lemon scented herb with heart shaped leaves and white-yellow flowers.
Historical use: 
Known as Lemonbalm, it was used to comfort the heart against melancholy.