The health benefits of Melissa Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, cordial, nervine, emmenagogue, sedative, antispasmodic, stomachic, antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, sudorific and tonic substance.
There is a good reason why this essential oil has earned the reputation and globally known name of Sweet Oil and Common Oil. This is because this oil is extensively used in nearly all sorts of balms due to its soothing properties while having a sweet, pleasant aroma.
This oil is extracted by steam distillation of fresh buds, leaves and twigs of Melissa or Melissa Officinalis, as it is scientifically known. Trans Ocimene, Citronellal, Caryophyllene, Germacrene, Geranial, Geranyl Acetate, Cis Ocimene, Octanone, Linalool, Beta Bourbonene, Methyl Hepenone, Cis Hexenol, Octanol, Octenol, Copaene, Alpha Humulene, Neral, Delta Cadinene, Gamma Cadinene, Nerol and Geraniol are the chief components of the essential oil of Melissa. Melissa oil is also known as Lemon Balm.
It is a plant native to the Mediterranean Region and has been popularly referred to as the Bee Plant, the reason being obvious. However, that is not the sole cause of this plant’s popularity. It is famous particularly for its soothing, memory boosting and antidepressant powers, among others whose explanations can be found below.
Health Benefits of Melissa Essential Oil
Antidepressant: This property is one of the four most significant medicinal properties of this oil. It is an effective mood lifter and an antidepressant. It has been found to drive away sadness and inspire joy and hope. That is why it was called the “Elixir of Life” or the “Nectar of Life” all the way back in the 15th Century.
Cordial: This means that it invokes warm feelings and provides actual warmth to the respiratory system and the cardiovascular system. One can avoid frequent colds with the help of this property.
Nervine: Melissa essential oil is also considered a Nervine substance. This means that it serves as a tonic for the nervous system, keeping it healthy, functioning properly and helping to avoid nervous disorders. Problems like vertigo, nervousness, and convulsions can be treated using this property of Melissa essential oil.
Sedative: This essential oil sedates and soothes. It is good for calming inflammation, anxiety, nervousness, trauma and shock. It also promotes sleep due to this property. It relaxes the body, mind and soul while bringing feelings of peace and contentment. In the past, it was used to help soldiers relax and drive away the fatigue and stress of combat.
Antispasmodic: An unexplainable or excessive contraction in the body is called a spasm. Spasms can occur within the respiratory, muscular, nervous and digestive systems and can lead to severe coughs, muscular cramps, convulsions, shortness of breath and severe abdominal pains. Spasms should be taken very seriously, since in extreme cases they may be lethal. The essential oil of Melissa, being an effective sedative and relaxant, can give fast relief from spasms in all parts of the body.
Stomachic: Something that soothes the stomach, tones it up, and strengthens it is called a stomachic. Melissa oil, being a stomachic, helps in the smooth functioning of the stomach and the digestive process. It helps heal any wounds, scratches or ulcers in the stomach, maintains proper flow of gastric juices and bile into the stomach, and also protects it from infections.
Carminative: Gases that build up in the intestines are forced out by this oil. It is very effective in expelling gases by reducing the tension in the abdominal muscles and reliving things like bloating and cramping.
Antibacterial: Melissa oil has antibacterial properties and has been found to be effective for inhibiting bacterial infections in the colon, intestines, urinary tract and kidneys.
Diaphoretic & Sudorific: Both the words Diaphoretic and Sudorific mean the same thing. That is, they both describe an agent that promotes sweating or perspiration. Melissa oil has these properties as well. These properties are very beneficial to health since along with the sweat, a lot of toxins are removed and the pores on skin are cleaned so that some harmful gases like Nitrogen may escape. This is called helping the skin “breathe”; perhaps you didn’t know that not all gases are formed in the stomach. Perspiration also cools your body down when it is overheated.
Febrifuge: Being an antibacterial, melissa essential oil fights against bacterial or microbial infections in the body, including those that cause fever. Again, since it has sudorific properties, it helps to reduce body temperature and removes the toxins produced during fever, through the process of sweating.
Hypotensive: This is something which may be of immense benefit for hypertensive people who run the risk of heart attack or brain hemorrhage whenever their blood pressure goes up. Melissa oil, being hypotensive in nature, brings down the blood pressure.
Tonic: A tonic is meant for all around benefits for the health of your body. A tonic keeps everything in order, makes sure that all the systems function properly, boosts immunity and gives added strength. Melissa oil has certain components in it which do exactly this.
Emmenagogue: Many problems related to menstruation and Post Menstrual Syndrome can be treated with the help of Melissa oil. These include problems like obstructed menses, irregular menses, pain and extreme fatigue during periods, untimely menopause, annoyance, and depression after menopause.
This oil is also found effective in the treatment of Herpes, sores, ulcers, fungal infections, headaches, and fatigue. It also boosts memory.
A Few Words of Caution
It is non-toxic, but may cause irritations or sensations for sensitive people. Therefore, pregnant women and those who have sensitive skin should avoid using this essential oil.
This oil blends very nicely with Basil, Frankincense, Geranium, Camomile, Rose, Lavender and Ylang-Ylang oils.