Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
With a sweet lemon fragrance, the Melissa plant, also known as Melissa officinalis or lemon balm, is the herbaceous origin of Melissa essential oil. This rare oil is extracted from the leaf of the Melissa plant and is cherished by many for its large array of uses and benefits. Melissa essential oil contains strong soothing properties. When used aromatically or topically, it can help promote feelings of relaxation and can assist in calming tension and nerves. Melissa oil is also valued for its fresh, sweet, and citrus-like aroma. In the kitchen, Melissa oil can be used to flavor a variety of different foods and drinks such as teas, ice cream, and some fish dishes. Taking Melissa oil internally may help support a healthy immune system.*
Essential oils contain many health-promoting benefits that can improve lives and assist in individual needs; however, in order to obtain the full benefits that each essential oil has to offer, an essential oil needs to be pure. Unfortunately, many essential oils available to purchase are not pure and contain contaminants and fillers that reduce the effectivity of an essential oil. Because doTERRA has seen the power and effect that pure oils can have on individuals and families, they have made it their mission to provide a pure grade of quality essential oils. To ensure purity of these essential oils, doTERRA places each batch of their oils through the CPTG Certified Pure Tested Grade™ protocol. This protocol consists of a series of rigorous tests that assess the purity of each batch of oils. If essential oils have been tested and found pure, the oils are then sold so that people across the globe can experience the powerful effects of pure essential oils.
Melissa is Greek for “honey bee,” and its sweet, citrus fragrance was known to attract bees.
The Melissa plant, Melissa officinalis, is an herbaceous perennial that is commonly known as the lemon balm. This plant ranges from one and a half to two feet in height. The medium-green leaves of the plant are wrinkled and ovate in shape. The leaves of the plant are edible. During the summer, small, white flowers are found in the leaf axils.1 doTERRA Melissa essential oil is extracted from the leaf of the plant.
Main Chemical Components: Geranial, germacrene, neral, β-caryophyllene
Two of the main chemical components of Melissa essential oil are geranial and neral. These two chemical constituents have a monoterpene backbone and are part of the aldehydes functional group. Both geranial and neral contain soothing properties that strongly contribute to Melissa essential oil’s soothing abilities. To learn more about the chemical components of Melissa essential oil or other essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.
Melissa essential oil blends well with citrus oils as well as doTERRA On Guard®, Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Basil, and Frankincense essential oils for diffusion.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
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