Latin Name: Melissa officinalis
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Plant Part: Flowering Plant
Note/Element: Note:Top/Middle. Element: Fire, Wood.
Functional Groups: Aldehyde, Terpene, Sesquiterpene, Alcohol, Ester, Oxide
Type: Relaxing, balancing
Ayurvedic Dosha: Vata, Pitta, Kapha
Scent: Lemony, subtle, herbacous
For Skin Type: Oily, acne
Cautions: Not during pregnancy
Physical Uses: Cold sores, herpes, coughs, colds, menstrual and stomach cramps, anger, indigestion, PMS, headache, high blood pressure, nausea, palpitations.
Mental/Emotional Uses: Anxiety, depression, nervousness, stress, grief, heartbreak
Other Uses: Insect repellent. Related to heart chakra
Blends Well With: Flower, Fruit, Resin, Seed, Spice, Wood
Possible Substitutions: Lemongrass, Leptospermum
News You Can Use: If you want to draw bees to your garden, plant Melissa also known as lemon balm and bee balm.
Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level, 2001-2012.
Schnaubelt, Kurt, Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, Healing Arts Press, Rochester, Vermont, 1998, pp 27,41, 52, 107.