9. Reduces High Blood Pressure
Due to the antihyperlipidemic, hypotensive, neuroprotective, antiarrhythmic and hepatoprotective qualities, Melissa oil can lower high levels of blood pressure.
According to a study published in the Research in Cardiovascular Medicine in 2015, this oil was associated with specific electrocardiogram alternations in rats. This is a test that checks the problems with the electrical activity of the heart.
Another study from 2016 showed that Melissa oil can increase the heart’s resistance to injury and reduce the heart rate in injured rats.
10. Lowers Triglyceride Levels
The Journal of Nutrition has published a study in 2012 which suggests that the ingestion of Melissa oil can provide significant benefits for the metabolism. In mice, it slowed the fatty acid synthesis or the process that accumulates fatty buildups in the body and thus reduced the levels of triglycerides.
Another study from 2009 pointed out that the phenolic alkaloids in Melissa oil can inhibit cholesterol synthesis and therefore lower the total cholesterol and lipid levels as well as reduce the level of lipid peroxidation in the liver tissue.
11. Relieves Menstrual Symptoms and PMS
According to a study published in Nursing and Midwifery Studies in 2015, Melissa oil capsules have a remarkable effect on the intensity of the PMS symptoms.
About 100 high school girls took part in a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial. This group received a placebo while another intervention group took 1,200 mg Melissa oil capsules during their menstrual cycle for the next three cycles.
The results have shown that there was a remarkable reduction in the PMS symptoms in the intervention group which points out the fact that Melissa oil can effectively reduce the PMS symptoms.
Proper Use of Melissa Oil
You can find this oil both online and in many health stores. Although it is one of the most expensive essential oils, it is definitely worth the price. However, make sure you are not fooled by some cheaper but fake products. A high-quality, 100% pure 5 ml bottles of Melissa essential oil can range from $75-150.
So, read the label very carefully and only choose one from a reputable and trustworthy company. This is especially important if you are about to use the oil internally.
You can diffuse Melissa essential oil at home or in your office, take internally or apply topically. If you have sensitive skin, apply some carrier oil prior to Melissa oil. If taken internally, make sure you start with small doses, about 1 or 2 drops. For extended use, consult your doctor or essential oil coach.
Home Uses of Melissa Essential Oil:
- Dementia – diffuse Melissa oil every day or inhale it from the bottle
- Skin Conditions – for eczema, combine 5 drops of Melissa oil and ounce of carrier oil. Apply this mixture on your face. Also, you can add 5 drops to a spray bottle with water or a moisturizer and spritz it on your face.
- Herpes and cold sores – dilute 2-3 drops of Melissa oil and apply them on the affected area.
- Hypoglycemia – take several drops internally in order to improve the glucose levels.
- Anxiety and depression – to fight these conditions, apply or diffuse Melissa oil on the wrists, back of the ears and neck.
- Vertigo and nervousness – apply 2-3 drops on the back of your ears and neck to reduce nausea, nervousness, dizziness and vomiting.
- Hypertension – apply the oil topically on the back of the neck or the chest or take 1-2 drops internally.
Origin, History and Chemical Composition of Melissa Plant
Also, known as lemon balm, Melissa essential oil belongs to the Lamicaceae family. Its oils are extracted by a steam distillation of the flowers and the leaves. This plant popular for its medicinal properties is native to the East Mediterranean and West Asian region.
Because of its therapeutic qualities, this herb was traditionally used since ancient times. It is popular for its antiviral, antibacterial, antidepressant and antispasmodic properties. It is characterized by a delicate and lemony scent which provides emotional balance and improve the skin health.
Because of the special compounds, Melissa oil is a powerful antioxidant. According to the researchers, Melissa oil is rich in more than 70 active compounds. They include germacrene, geranial, citronellal, and neral.
Melissa essential oil was used in many scientific studies for memory, Alzheimer’s disease, depression and learning due to its medicinal qualities.
Although it is not widely popular essential oil, it took a significant part in the traditional medicine. For instance, the French Carmelite nuns have used this oil in tonic water in the 14th century.
Paracelsus, a popular physician, philosopher and botanist named this herb “The Elixir of Life” in the 16th century. In the 17th century John Evelyn, writer, and gardener claimed that this oil is sovereign for the brain, strengthens the memory and reduces melancholy.
Avoid using Melissa essential oil during pregnancy because it is an emmenagogue. As we have mentioned before, dilute Melissa oil with a carrier oil (jojoba or coconut oil) prior to application on sensitive skin.
- Melissa essential oil is traditionally used in the treatment of different health conditions. They include anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, migraines, herpes, diabetes and dementia.
- Also, known as lemon balm oil, Melissa essential oil belongs to the Lamicaceae family. Its oils are extracted by a steam distillation of the flowers and the leaves.
- You can apply Melissa essential oil topically, take internally or diffuse it at home. When used for sensitive skin, make sure you diffuse it with a carrier oil before topical application.