Melissa essential oil is also commonly called lemon balm. The botanical name of the plant that it is steam distilled from is Melissa officinalis. This oil has a fresh lemon fragrance that is very uplifting. It has antibacterial, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, sudorific and tonic medicinal properties. This is a wonderful oil that has been appreciated for over 2,000 years for all of its unbelievable uses.
1. Lower Blood Pressure
Ingest 1 to 2 drops of a high quality Melissa essential oil to lower your blood pressure. You can also massage a 2% Melissa EO/carrier oil blend into your chest, shoulders and the back of your neck for this benefit.
2. Reduce the Risk of Getting Cancer and Tumors
There hasn’t been enough clinical research done to determine how best to use Melissa EO to help prevent or treat cancer, but there has been enough research done to show that it reduces the viability of glioblastoma multiforme cancer cells.
3. Treat and Prevent Colds and Flu
Practice Melissa essential oil aromatherapy and apply the 2% Melissa oil blend topically to help prevent viral infections. It may also speed recovery from colds and the flu.
4. Alleviate Insomnia
Drink a warm cup of tea with 1 to 2 drops of Melissa oil added about an hour before you go to bed to help you drop off to sleep more quickly and get more restful sleep. A 30- to 60-minute aromatherapy session can also help with this, as well as a soothing massage with the 2% blend.
*Melissa EO is safe to ingest; however, make sure you are taking high-quality oil that is approved for ingestion.*
5. Calm Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients
Practice lemon balm oil aromatherapy for 30 to 60 minutes each day to calm feelings of aggression that often afflict Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
6. Reduce Cholesterol Levels
Drink 2 to 3 cups of Melissa essential oil tea each day to lower your cholesterol levels.
7. Alleviate Vertigo (Dizziness)
Dab a 2% Melissa oil blend behind your ears and rub it into the back of your neck to alleviate vertigo.
8. Control Hypoglycemia
Ingest 2 to 3 drops of Melissa essential oil each day to treat hypoglycemia. Make sure you get a high-quality Melissa oil for ingestion. Mix it into a cup of tea or glass of water.
9. Treat Type 2 Diabetes
Include Melissa essential oil in your Type 2 Diabetes treatment. You can add 2 to 3 drops to a cup of tea and ingest it or practice aromatherapy. Talk to your doctor before adding Melissa EO to your treatment plan.
10. Prevent Bacterial Infections
Apply the 2% lemon balm/carrier oil blend to wounds and sores to help prevent bacterial infections. Coconut oil is a good carrier oil for this as it also has bactericidal properties.
*Melissa essential oil is rather expensive because of the difficult harvesting process and low amount of oil that can be distilled from the leaves.*
11. Treat Fungal Infections
Use Melissa EO to treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot. You may want to use a 5% to 10% dilution rate for athlete’s foot. Start with the 2% dilution and build up gradually. Do not use the stronger dilution rate for more than two weeks.
12. Relieve Eczema Symptoms
Use the 2% Melissa/carrier oil blend to treat eczema. Jojoba oil is a great carrier oil for eczema. It also has eczema-healing properties.
13. Get Rid of Acne
Moisturize with a 2% Melissa/carrier oil blend to get rid of acne. Jojoba oil is excellent for this as it balances sebum levels, which is the heavy oil that causes acne. Argan oil is also good for acne. It reduces sebum levels, like jojoba, but it is a lighter oil that the skin absorbs quickly.
14. Reduce Inflammation
Apply a 2% Melissa essential oil/carrier oil blend to reduce inflammation anywhere. Aromatherapy can help with this, too, especially if the inflammation is in the sinuses, throat or lungs.
15. Alleviate Pre-menstrual Discomfort
Add 1 to 2 drops of lemon balm essential oil to a cup of tea 2 or 3 times a day to reduce PMS symptoms.
16. Regulate the Menstrual Cycle
Drink Melissa essential oil tea or add 3 to 5 drops of Melissa oil to your diffuser, along with about 1/2 cup of distilled water, and enjoy a 30- to 60-minute aromatherapy session to help regulate an irregular menstrual cycle.
*Lemon balm oil is often diluted in a carrier oil before it is sold because it is so difficult to produce.*
17. Reduce Menopause Symptoms
Utilize lemon balm essential oil in the same way, either tea or aromatherapy, to reduce discomforts associated with menopause.
18. Alleviate Edema
Apply a 2% lemon balm/carrier oil blend to the afflicted area to reduce edema. You can also ingest 1 to 2 drops of high quality Melissa essential oil for relief from edema.
19. Warm Your Body
Massage a 2% Melissa EO/carrier oil blend into the soles of your feet to warm your cardiovascular and respiratory system. This is a great way to warm your whole body when you’re feeling cold.
20. Treat Oral and Genital Herpes
Apply a 2% Melissa EO/carrier oil blend to oral and genital herpes sores to speed healing and reduce the intensity of flare-ups. You can mix the lemon balm oil with coconut oil and keep it in the refrigerator for cooling relief.
21. Improve Mood
Practice Melissa essential oil aromatherapy to lift your spirits or just get yourself into a better mood. If you need a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the afternoon, simply take a few sniffs from your lemon balm oil bottle.
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22. Improve Cognitive Abilities
Use lemon balm aromatherapy to improve your cognitive abilities. Practice aromatherapy at least once a day for steady improvement.
*Melissa is sedative. Do not use it when you need to be alert or drive a vehicle. It should also not be used along with other sedatives or alcohol.*
23. Dispel Depression
Utilize Melissa essential oil aromatherapy to dispel depression. Use your diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes a day to keep depression under control.
24. Relieve Stress
Turn down the lights and turn on your diffuser with 3 to 5 drops of Melissa oil added when you need some serious stress relief. You can also massage the back of your neck, shoulders and chest with a 2% Melissa oil/carrier oil blend to reduce stress-induced tension.
25. Alleviate Fatigue
Take 30 minutes at the end of the day for a Melissa oil aromatherapy session before bed to reduce fatigue with a good night’s sleep.
26. Reduce Nervousness
Add 3 to 5 drops of Melissa oil to your diffuser along with distilled water and run it for 30 to 60 minutes to reduce nervousness. If you are away from home or don’t have time for aromatherapy, take a few inhales directly from the bottle. You can also apply the 2% Melissa oil blend to the area behind your ears and the back of your neck to calm nervousness.
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27. Alleviate Anxiety
Practice lemon balm aromatherapy to alleviate anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety when you’re away from home, just take a few deep inhales through your nose directly from the essential oil bottle.
28. Relieve Convulsions
Practice Melissa oil aromatherapy to reduce the frequency and severity of convulsions and seizures.
29. Treat Muscle Spasms and Cramps
Massage a 2% lemon balm/carrier oil blend into muscles when they spasm or cramp up. It will quickly stop the spasm and soothe the muscle.
*Apply a small amount of a 2% Melissa oil/carrier oil blend to an inconspicuous area and wait for at least a few hours to see if you get a reaction before you begin using it all over.*
30. Quiet Coughs
Practice Melissa essential oil aromatherapy for relief from coughs. You can also massage the 2% blend into your throat and chest to help stop the muscle spasms and cough.
31. Reduce the Pain of Shingles
Use a 5% lemon balm/carrier oil blend to reduce the pain and discomfort of shingles. Jojoba oil, coconut oil or olive oil are good carrier oils for this. Apply the blend to the afflicted area every few hours.
32. Treat Stomach Ulcers
Apply a 2% Melissa essential oil/carrier oil blend to the skin directly over your stomach to get relief from stomach ulcers and help them heal. Aromatherapy can also help with this.
33. Improve Digestive Tract Function
Take a warm lemon balm essential oil bath to improve the overall health of your digestive tract. Simply add 3 drops of Melissa EO to your warm bath. You can also massage a 2% blend over your abdominal area for this purpose.
34. Relieve Gas and Abdominal Bloating
Massage your abdominal area with a 2% lemon balm/carrier oil blend. It will help you get rid of the gas and soothe your digestive tract. Sesame oil is an excellent carrier oil to use for this purpose.
35. Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A warm Melissa essential oil bath or topical application can give you relief from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
*Melissa essential oil should not be used by pregnant women due to its emmenagogue properties.*
36. Alleviate Nausea
Apply a 2% Melissa oil blend to the back of your neck and behind your ears to alleviate nausea.
37. Treat Internal Bacterial Infections
Apply a 2% Melissa oil/carrier oil blend to the skin over the afflicted area in the morning and at night before bed to treat internal bacterial infections. You can also ingest 1 to 2 drops of Melissa oil in a cup of tea 2 to 3 times a day. It is especially helpful in the treatment of Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus infections. Melissa oil aromatherapy can also help.
38. Sweat Out Toxins
Mix 2 drops of lemon balm EO with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and apply it to the bottoms of your feet. It will encourage sweating, so be prepared.
39. Reduce Fever
Use the 2% Melissa oil/coconut oil blend to lower a fever. Simply apply it to the bottoms of your feet. You may want to lay on a beach towel to absorb perspiration after you apply the oil.
40. Get Rid of Urinary Tract Infections
Massage the 2% Melissa oil/carrier oil blend into your skin over your lower abdominal/bladder area and from the waist down on your back to treat urinary tract infections. Coconut oil is an excellent carrier oil for treating UTI’s.
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41. Alleviate Headaches
Practice Melissa essential oil aromatherapy to get rid of a headache. Simply add 3 to 5 drops to 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water in your diffuser and turn it on for 30 to 60 minutes. For fast relief, just take a few deep breaths directly from the bottle. The vapors will give you quick relief.
*A 1% to 3% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil) is fine for everyday use. Stronger dilution rates should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time.*
42. Repel Insects
Use a 2% lemon balm/carrier oil blend to repel insects. If you prefer, you can simply add 5 drops to a little warm water in a spray bottle and spray yourself with it. Be careful not to get it in your eyes or nose.
43. Treat Itchy Insect Bites and Stings
Apply the 2% lemon balm blend to insect bites and stings to stop the itching and speed healing. Coconut oil is a good carrier oil for this or you can mix the Melissa EO into petroleum jelly.
Was this list helpful to you? I was impressed by all of the unbelievable uses for Melissa essential oil. We already have some very promising clinical evidence that proves the efficacy of this oil’s medicinal properties. I can’t wait to see what a little further clinical research proves.
Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and share your own experiences with lemon balm essential oil, if you have already used it. We can all learn from each other’s experience with this oil and keep adding to the on-going list of its great uses. Be sure to share, too, so that others can become aware of all the uses for this essential oil.