Origin: a Latin derivative
meaning "Gift of the Earth."
One of the rarest of doTERRA’s essential oils, Melissa has a wide range of benefits and uses. In particular, it provides powerful support to the nervous and immune systems and promotes healthy cellular function.*
Melissa, also known as lemon balm, has been used as part of traditional health practices in Europe for over 2,000 years. It was used to support cognitive health, calm the nervous system, support digestive health, and promote healthy immune function.* The emperor Charlemagne is said to have ordered melissa grown in the herb gardens in his empire. The melissa plant has one of the lowest yielding oils, which means it takes the most plant matter to produce a bottle of oil, making Melissa essential especially precious.
Melissa oil contains the chemical constituents citral, germacrene, and beta-caryophyllene, all of which are supportive to the immune system.* Experimental research suggests that citral has internal cleansing properties that may help support healthy immune system function when needed most.* When taken internally, Melissa helps support healthy immune response.* It also provides antioxidant support.*
Like Frankincense, Melissa is supportive of cellular health.* The citral content in particular, supports healthy cellular function in the nervous system when taken internally.* Take a drop of Melissa under the tongue every morning to promote healthy cellular function, support cognitive health, and soothe the nervous system.*
The fresh, herbaceous aroma of this essential oil is calming and soothing. Diffuse or rub on your chest to lessen stress and promote emotional well-being. It can be especially helpful at night to promote feelings of relaxation and help encourage a restful night’s sleep. Mix Melissa and Lavender essential oils with fractionated coconut oil for a massage blend to calm the mind and body.
Melissa also has surface cleansing properties. It can be used to cleanse and purify surfaces in the home and is especially helpful in the kitchen. Add a few drops to a spray bottle of water to create a simple cleaning spray. Melissa has a soothing effect on the skin. Add it to your moisturizer and apply daily to rejuvenate the skin.