Melissa essential oil, also known as lemon balm, is steam-distilled from the leaves of the Melissa officinalis plant in the mint family.
Melissa is one of the earliest known medicinal herbs. Historically, it was used for nervous disorders and many problems having to do with the heart and emotions. It was also used to aid fertility.
It has antibacterial, antidepressant, sedative, and other qualities that make it useful in a wide variety of applications. It is helpful in relieving anxiety, asthma, colic, depression, indigestion, insomnia, nausea, fevers, throat infections, and vertigo.
Aromatically, melissa is delicate and lemony. It is calming and uplifting and may help balance the emotions.
Melissa blends well with geranium, lavender, and other floral and citrus oils. It is a good oil to diffuse or to use externally on the area of concern.
See the Reference Guide for Essential Oils to learn more about melissa essential oil and many other pure essential oils.
Source: Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2016 Edition, pp. 98–99.