Plant/part: Herb/leaves and flowers (source : france, mediterranean)
Latin name: Melissa officinalis
Aroma: Sweet and lemon-like with floral undertones.
Properties: A popular garden herb known also as ‘lemon balm’. Soothing but uplifting effect on mind and body. Comforting oil during the cold season and when there is a high pollen count. It takes about 300 pounds of fresh lemon balm plants to yield 10ml of oil
its calming effect is a balm to the circulatory system easing high blood pressure, slowing down heartbeat and helpful where the system has been over-stimulated. A good tonic for the heart generally, useful in spasm and fatigue. Could help with colds and has a cooling effect on fevers. Seems to ease migraine and headaches associated with colds. Effective as an insect repellent and has a soothing action on stings. A reputation for counteracting allergies may prove helpful for asthma sufferers – seems to have a calming action on rapid breathing.
Chemical constituents: Citral, citronellol, eugenol, geraniol, llinalyl acetate.
Precautions: Do not use melissa on the skin in direct sunlight. As it helps to regulate menstruation, best avoided in pregnancy. Dilute to 1% and use only 3 drops in a bath as it may cause irritation of the skin.
Blends: Basil, bay, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, ginger, jasmine, juniper, lavender, marjoram, neroli, rose, rosemary, violet, ylang ylang.