Melissa is another herb that has earned its place in the hallmarks of history, the name melissa comes from the Greek ‘melissóphyllon’, meaning ‘bee leaf’. This may be a reference to early applications using the leaves to attract honeybees and keep them near certain hives. The second part of the plant’s botanical name, officinalis, literally means ‘in use pharmaceutically’. Another common English name for melissa is lemon balm, a reference to its distinctive lemony scent.
Melissa was an esteemed herb in many histories. The capitularies of Charlemagne, texts outlining idealistic plans for the empire’s operation, essentially ordered religiously-affiliated gardens to grow melissa, perhaps due to old associations with youth and longevity. Thomas Jefferson liked the plant and grew melissa at Monticello, where his cooks added it to various recipes. Dioscorides, a Greek physician, recommended the wine-soaked leaves for snake and scorpion bites, and the writer Paracelsus believed it could treat “all complaints supposed to proceed from a disordered state of the nervous system.” Roman Catholic monks created Carmelite water, a melissa-infused alcoholic drink popular for treating headaches, lightening the mood, and improving memory.
With rich history but low overall oil yield, melissa is incredibly valuable and immensely treasured, as users find it can gladden the heart, dispel worries, promote emotional balance, and lessen feelings of stress and anxiety. Modern medicine focuses on memory-enhancing powers, and has included melissa in Alzheimer’s research. Positive effects on calmness, cold sores, and certain strains of herpes are well documented. Melissa oil may also reduce diabetes symptoms, lower blood pressure, treat skin infections and minor wounds, and fight vertigo. To many, the scent instills a quiet, steady trust and the type of joy and confidence that lasts.
Organic melissa essential oil from Prana Organic Plant Oils is a cherished addition to any essential oil collection. You will absolutely love the refreshing and energetic lemon scent of this oil.
- Common Name: Melissa
- Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
- Country of Origin: Bulgaria
- Extraction Method: Steam
- Plant Part: Leaves
Do not apply undiluted to the skin. If pregnant, breast feeding or under the care of a physician consult your doctor. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
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