Melissa Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Melissa Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis

Oil Overview

Melissa essential oil has a sweet, fresh and citrus-like odour and is pale yellow in colour. It is watery in viscosity.

Oil Sources

Melissa originated from countries around the Mediterranean and the oil is extracted from the fresh flowering tops and leaves by the process of steam distillation.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

Trans-ocimene, cis-ocimene, 3-octanone, methyl hepenone, cis-3-hexenol, 3-octanol, 1-octen-3-ol, copaene, citronellal, linalool, b-bourbonene, caryophyllene, a-humulene, neral, germacrene-D, geranial, geranyl acetate, d-cadinene, y-cadinene, nerol and geraniol.

Aroma

Citrus

Therapeutic Properties:

Antidepressant, Anti-spasmodic, Bactericidal, Carminative, Cordial, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge, Hypotensive, Nervine, Sedative, Stomachic, Sudorific, Tonic

Possible Uses

Depression, Digestion, Dysentery, Flatulence, Headaches, Hysteria, Menstrual Pain, Migraine, Nausea, Nervousness, Stress, Vomiting

Warnings

Irritant to Sensitive Skin, Pregnancy: Not suitable for pregnant mothers

Detail of Warnings

Melissa oil is non-toxic but could cause sensitization and irritation and should always be used in low dilutions.
It should be avoided during pregnancy.
It should be avoided by people with a very sensitive skin.

Compatible Combination Oils

Basil, Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Ylang-ylang

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