Also known as Lemon Balm, Melissa essential oil is regularly used in the perfume industry, and because the plant yields only a small amount of oil, it is one of the priciest oils on the market. The oil’s aroma simultaneously calms and uplifts the spirit, while providing antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and digestive properties. What do these properties do?
Melissa offers antiviral properties that fortify the immune system, strengthening your body’s natural defenses against colds, mumps, measles, and any other virus-producing foreign invaders that are trying to wreak havoc on your health. Antivirals often do this by boosting white blood cell count—those immune system cells that are there to protect.
Antibacterial products protect against infections and diseases caused by bacteria. This includes bacteria that invade the digestive, urinary, and respiratory tract, as well as oral bacteria that can damage dental health. Melissa’s antibacterial activity does not impact the natural flora in the intestines and stomach but combats only the damaging bacteria that might have invaded.
Antioxidants combat free radicals—or oxidants—within the body, thereby enhancing overall health. While many oxidants are caused by environmental or external factors (i.e.: pollution, smoking, etc.), some oxidants are the direct result of normal reactions within the body, like aerobic respiration and inflammation. Whatever the case, the body requires antioxidants to destroy these free radicals, so that they do not lead to disease. Essential oils, like Melissa, provide the body with much needed antioxidants to combat free radicals and repair their damage.
Most bodily pain issues are caused by inflammation of some sort, either internal or external. Essential oils often provide the body with anti-inflammatory activity. Melissa is one of those oils. This oil comes in handy, especially for inflammation of the respiratory tract and sore muscles and joints. Whether topical, aromatic, or internal, redness and irritation can be supported through any applicable essential oil applications.
Many essential oils provide digestive support by stimulating absorptive enzyme production, nutrient digestibility, and digestive juice secretion. Melissa is one of the more digestion-supportive essential oils, which enables the body to absorb more of the nutrients provided by food, leading to healthier overall efficiency.
This post is for infomational purposes only. I am not a qualified Aromatherapist. Always seek the advice of a qualified Aromatherapist before using essential oils, as they can be dangerous and cause severe injury if used incorrectly.