Aroma:Lemony, light & fresh, green. Strong.
Latin Name:Melissa officinalis
Country of Origin:France
Extraction Method:Steam Distilled
Extracted From:Entire herb
Aromatherapy Properties:Strengthening and revitalizing, while soothing and calming. Protecting.
The potency and incredible fragrancing power of this Essential Oil make it a great investment, even though it is one of the pricier oils. If you find it hard to dose the pure oil correctly (it is incredibly strong and intense!), or shy away from the cost, start with Essential Oils blended with Jojoba Oil, classified as"i/J"("in Jojoba").
Suggested Use:Please note that because it is one of the very pricey oils, Melissa is commonly used only for distinct well-being purposes.
Due to the potency of this oil, always use it in dilution of less than 1% (9 drops per 1oz. of Carrier Oil or unscented body care product).
If you are purchasing this Essential Oil blended with Jojoba, increase the number of drops you add to your body care or bath according to your liking. You can use oils blended with Jojoba in a diffuser, but it is not recommended in diffusers that work with cotton pads - Car Diffuser, Scent Ball, Spa Scenter - or nebulizers. If using an aromalamp or Aromaland's Aromashell it will leave an oily residue that can be washed away; but do not overheat the lamp dish!
History:Also known as Lemon Balm, Melissa is one of the earliest known medicinal herbs. Paracelsus called it the Elixir of Life. It has a long tradition of use for nervous disorders, and reviving the life energy in a depressed or emotionally depleted person. It is an important ingredient of the French Eau de Melisse de Carmes and the German Klosterfrau Melissengeist, both aromas that were used as nerve tonics.
The yield of Melissa during distillation is extremely low, which makes it one of the most expensive Essential Oils. Unfortunately Melissa is frequently adulterated with other lemon-type aromas like Lemongrass, Lemon or Citronella. However, Aromaland offers the genuine, therapeutic, pure Melissa Essential Oil.
Specific Safety Information:No known toxicity. GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) approved by the FDA as food flavor. Some people report sensitization and dermal irritation, yet this may be a reaction to Citronella or Lemongrass, since this is a frequently adulterated oil.
However, due to the potency of this oil, use in dilution < 1% (6 drops per 1 oz. of carrier oil).