Melissa essential oil, also known as Lemon Balm, is one of the most rare and expensive essential oils. It received the name Melissa because of its' sweet citrus aroma which attracts bees, and Melissa is Greek for honey bee. How cool is that?
It's been used in traditional European healthcare for over 2000 years, and the emperor Charlemagne is said to have ordered Melissa grown in the herb gardens in his empire.
The leaves are edible on the Melissa plant, they're used in baking and presentation on dishes, and it's where the essential oil is distilled from. It requires 22 pounds of plant matter in order to fill one 5 ml bottle, which is why it's so expensive. It's incredible benefits for mind body health make it more than worthy of this price tag.
Melissa is an anti-viral support, helping us when healing from fevers, colds, viral infections, cold sores, herpes, and even bug bites, stings, and warts.
It has soothing properties, for both mind and body, due to its' chemical constituent beta-caryophellene. For example, for eczema applying this essential oil diluted with coconut oil provides calming relief.
For allergies, using Melissa on the bottoms of feet, applied to bridge of nose, or taken in a capsule helps to provide relief.
I would say what I love to use Melissa for the most is for it's stress and nervous system support, it's why I always make sure to have some on hand. It supports healing from depression, anxiety and shock, and you can get these benefits from apply to back of neck ears, diffusing or applying to roof of mouth and holding for 5-10 seconds. For vertigo, take in a capsule or apply behind ears and back of neck.*
Spiritually, it's the oil of light, and it awakens the soul to the truth. It's purpose is in assisting to receive spiritual guidance by reconnecting us with our inner voice. The intense light it offers helps to shed from everything heavy: despair, darkness, and other low vibrations that hold us down. It brings joy, liberation, and optimism, making it an excellent support for anxious and sad feelings, and increasing your spiritual connection!
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For fevers, colds, and viral infections, apply diluted along spine, bottoms of feet, or take in a capsule to boost anti-viral strength
For cold sores, herpes and fever blisters, apply directly to sores or take in capsule
For bites, stings, and warts, apply directly to area of concern or to bottoms of feet.
For allergies, breathe in from cupped hands, or apply over bridge of nose and to bottoms of feet take in a capsule
For hypertension, palpitations, and high blood pressure, diffuse, take in a capsule or apply to back of neck or over heart
For vertigo, take in a capsule or apply behind ears and back of neck
For eczema, massage diluted over area of discomfort for calming relief
For infertility, sterility and menstrual issues, gently rub over abdomen or take in a capsule to regulate hormones
For dysentery and indigestion, use in a capsule or apply over abdomen
For depression, anxiety, and shock, apply to back of neck and ears, diffuse, or apply to roof of mouth and hold for 5-10 seconds
When feeling despairing, hopeless, darkness, burdened, overwhelmed, apply 1 drop of Melissa on forehead, inhale from bottle, diffuse, or take one drop on tongue*
Ways to Use
Learn about the ways to use Melissa here!
Elevation Joyful Blend
On Guard Softgel
Arise Enlightening Blend (Yoga kit)
How to order
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* Methods of use: I'm only referring to use with doTERRA essential oils. Please use at your own risk with other brands.