Our most expensive and rare oil, Melissa essential oil has a sweet, fresh, citrus-like fragrance and is steam distilled from the fresh flowering tops, leaves and stems of the Melissa officinalis plant. With a wide range of therapeutic properties, Melissa can be used for calming the nerves, addressing stomach discomfort, mood support, and seasonal bugs. Because the Melissa officinalis plant has an oil yield of less than 1/10 of 1%, it is one of the most commonly adulterated oils.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), also known as balm or balm mint and not to be confused with bee balm (which is genus Monarda), is a perennial herb in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to centre to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region.
The crushed leaves, when rubbed on the skin, are used as a repellant for mosquitos.
Lemon balm is also used medicinally as an herbal tea, or in extract form.
It is claimed to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, Lemon balm contains eugenol, which kills bacteria and has been shown to calm muscles and numb tissues.