Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lemon Balm - Melissa

Description: Melissa leaf, commonly known as lemon balm, comes from a sweet smelling, bushy herb that grows up to 90 cm high with serrated leaves and tiny white or pink flowers. The high price of Melissa essential oil is due to the fact that approximately 3 tonnes of plant material is required in order to produce approximately 500 ml / 16.66 fl. Oz of essential oil. Melissa Leaf Essential Oil is well known for its anti-depressant and uplifting properties. It is also reported to have uses as an antispamodic, bactericidal, carminative, cordial, diaphoretic, nervine, sedative, stomachic, sudorific, and tonic. 
Color: Clear with a slightly yellow tinge
Consistency: Thin
Note: Top to Middle
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Geranium , Jasmine, Lavender (All), Lemon, Sweet Marjoram, Neroli, Rose, and Ylang-ylang essential oils.
Aromatic Scent: Melissa essential oil has a warm and radiant scent reminiscent of Lemons.
History: Melissa comes from the Greek for ‘Honey Bee’. It was used to give comfort and drive away sadness. Current aromatherapists tend to make the same claim, though they caution that consumers must be careful to purchase authentic Melissa Leaf essential oil rather than ‘nature identical’ varieties sold at a fraction of the normal cost.
Cautions: Melissa Leaf has possible sensitizing and dermal irritating characteristics. Nonetheless, it is viewed by experts as non-toxic.

Melissa Oil, Lemon Balm Oil

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