Latin Name: Melissa officinalis
Part of Plant: Leaf
Country of Origin: Croatia
Method of Production: Steam Distillation
Melissa officinalis, also known as bee balm, lemon balm, or most commonly Melissa, is a flowering perennial herb that is a member of the Lamiaceae (formally Labiatae) botanical family that is now cultivated worldwide. As a member of the mint family, the leaves are usually used as a culinary herb that can be added to things like salads and soups and they are also popular in herbal teas/tisanes. Like Dragonhead oil, the low yield of Melissa causes it to be one of the most expensive essential oils.
Melissa essential oil has a lemony, citrus-like aroma similar to Lemongrass and Dragonhead, that blends well with most citrus, floral, and mint oils. Try blending with oils like Lemon, Bergamot, Rosemary, Peppermint, or Basil for a stimulating and invigorating blend to start out your workday. Also, consider blending with oils like Lavender, Neroli, Sandalwood, and Wild Orange for a relaxing diffuser blend.
Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.
For convenience on the go…
Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.
Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).
Dermal Max: 0.9%
Use caution topically with children under two and on sensitive, diseased, or damaged skin. Possible drug interaction; potentially teratogenicity. Use caution in certain instances during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Keep out of reach of children and pets. If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center. Do not use undiluted essential oils topically. Possible skin sensitivity. Do not use on broken skin. Watch for any possible interactions or side effects. Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention. Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.
This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
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Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone