Melissa (Lemon Balm), Rectified
Pure Therapeutic Melissa (Lemon Balm) essential oil, Rectified
Botanical name : Melissa officinalis
Extraction method / Source : Steam Distillation (Rectified) / Leaves and flowering tops
Aroma : Fresh, herbaceous, citrus, sweet
Note classification : Top to Middle Odor Intensity : 3
Key constituents : Geranial, neral, caryophyllene (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)
Shelf Life: 2 years or longer, if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.
Plant description : Botanical family : Lamiaceae or Labiatae Melissa is a sweetly fragrant perennial herb which grows to 3 feet in height and produces soft green serrated leaves and tiny pink or white flowers.
Regions of Production : France
Growing Practices : Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Properties : Antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-fungal, antispasmodic, antiviral (herpes), carminative, cordial, diaphoretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, sudorific, tonic Please refer to the Glossary for terms which may be new to you.
Uses / Benefits : Helps to lower blood pressure and slow respirations, heart tonic. Helps stimulate gallbladder and liver, aids digestion, reduces flatulence. Helps relieve painful menses. Can be used for oily skin and acne, however there is a moderate risk of skin irritation or sensitivity, so use caution. Highly effective in treating herpes lesions. Used in natural perfume making.
Modes of Administration : Topical : Can be used undiluted on herpes blisters, using care to apply only to the lesions and not to the surrounding skin. Use with carrier of choice for treating acne or oily skin. Inhalation: direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer.
Fragrant influences: Uplifting, helps alleviate nervousness and stress, reduces anger. Promotes intuition and sensitivity, supports wisdom of the heart. Comforting during bereavement.
Safety : Use with caution if you have low blood pressure. Moderate risk of skin irritation. Melissa is one of the most commonly adulterated oils, so make sure you have a reliable source.
Blends well with : Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Neroli, Petitgrain, Rose
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