There are thousands of articles researching the benefits of therapeutic grade essential oils. Melissa officinalis is no exception. This rare oil is highly beneficial and has been found effective in research involving Alzheimer’s patients, children with nervous dyskoimesis (trouble falling asleep), and stressed adults. Emotional stress can impact our body’s immune system. When you drink Lemon Balm Tea, it can be supportive of a healthy immune system as you bring on some calm in your day.
Therapeutic Grade Melissa essential oil comes from the melissa officinalis plant, in the mint family. It’s commonly called “lemon balm” and it is steam distilled from the aerial parts before flowering. Historically it has been used for nervous disorders, to promote fertility and in Munich, Dr. Dietrich Wabner, a professor at the Technical University in Munich found it effective against the Herpes Simplex virus. It may be helpful for depression, viral infections, anxiety and insomnia. Diffuse 1-2 hours up to 3 times a day, apply to the skin or Vita Flex points to support the immune system.
Lemon Balm is a hearty plant and spreads rapidly when in hot, dry conditions. The essential oil is very expensive because it takes so much plant material to create a small amount of essential oil. If you are fortunate to have a wild patch of Lemon Balm in your yard, you can make a tea from it. The tea is tasty cold as it has a gentle lemon-like flavor.
Simple Lemon Balm Tea
4-5 stalks of Lemon Balm
2 C Purified, boiling water
Remove the Lemon Balm leaves from the stalks and chop into small pieces. Place leaves in a ceramic cup and pour over the boiling water until all the leaves are immersed. Cover the cup with a lid or plate to seal in the steam and aroma. Let the leaves steep, up to 2 or 3 hours at room temperature. Pour off the leaves and serve over ice.
Calming Essential Oil Roll-On
5 drops Melissa Essential Oil
5 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Add all oils into a 15 ml roller bottle. Top of the remaining contents with Sesame or jojoba oil. Roll onto soles of feet, neck area or solar plexus for a calming infusion of relaxing essential oils.
Melissa essential oil is found in many essential oil blends that support Brain Power, Forgiveness, and Hope oil blends.
While there are common essential oils known for their calming effects, like
VALERIAN, FRANKINCENSE, SANDALWOOD, CHAMOMILE, and RUTA GRAVEOLENS,
Other essential oils that may calm your psyche include any that resonate with your personality. Peppermint essential oil is typically a stimulating essential oil, but I had one client who swears by it at bedtime for her kiddos. The amazing property of essential oils is the quality to build memory into our daily routines. If you use any appealing essential oil at bedtime and it helps you fall asleep, that oil has the potential to be your go to choice for calming down when you need it. Do you have a calming essential oil blend or single you use that isn’t on my list? Leave your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear what is working for you!
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Sadraei H, Ghannadi A, Malekshahi K. Relaxant effect of essential oil of Melissa officinalis. Fitoterapia. 2003 Jul;74(5);445-52.