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Melissa Essential Oil

If you are feeling agitated, Melissa essential oil has a sedative effect that helps in cases of hysteria and panic. This oil also assists in slowing the heartbeat, eases high blood pressure, and is a tonic to the heart. See more uses below for this beautiful essential oil!

Family: Lamiaceae

Origin: Bulgaria, France, Italy

Plant description: This is a sweet-scented perennial herb that grows up to .9 m high, with serrated leaves and tiny white or pink flowers

Part of plant used for essential oil: Leaves and flowers/buds

Extraction method: Steam distilled

Main Chemical Constituents: geranial, neral, 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one, B-caryophyllene, citronellal, geranyl acetate, and aesculetine.

PRECAUTIONS: Not for use in the bath; avoid if on diabetic medication, do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding, can be sensitive to skin. Always use diluted with a carrier oil, do not take it internally, and it is not recommended for children under 5.

PROPERTIES: analgesic, antianxiety, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, cordial, diaphoretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, insect repellent, nervine, sedative, sudorific, and tonic.


Circulation: reduces high blood pressure and has, calming effect on the heartbeat.

Digestive: relieves cramps, indigestion, nausea, and flatulence, and stimulates the gall bladder and liver.

Immune: fungal infections and candida

Mental/Emotional/Nervous system: reduces insomnia, sleep disorders, nervousness, stress, and anxiety.

Reproductive: reduces menopausal symptoms.

Skin: assists healing for viral skin infections, herpes, oily skin, and acne.

Blends well with citrus oils, helichrysum, lavender, flower oils, and tree and spice oils.

Restful Repose Nasal Inhaler Blend

Saturate the felt wick of a nasal inhaler with five to seven drops of each of these essential oils:

  • Melissa (Melissa officinalis)

  • Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

  • Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

Application: Inhale as needed to calm emotions; this blend is balancing and centering. This blend can be used during the day and also in the evening.

Additional information:

Even though Melissa is a more expensive essential oil, it is well worth getting it from a trustworthy supplier, as it is commonly adulterated with inexpensive oils like Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) or May Chang (Litsea cubeba).

Melissa herb was highly esteemed by Paracelsus, who believed it could completely revivify a man. Herbalist John Evelyn (1620-1706) described melissa as the ruler of the brain, strengthening the memory, and removing melancholy.


Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy third edition, Zilmere QLD, Australia, The Perfect Potion, 2018, Pages 412-417

Much appreciation to ​Shiela Maycock, for this beautiful essential oil profile. She is a graduate of our Clinical Aromatherapy Mastery Program and the owner of Soul Point Health and Wellness


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