Melissa (Lemon Balm)
Latin Name:Melissa officinalis
Method:steam distilled
Description: Melissa (also known as Lemon Balm) has a lemony fresh scent that is both sweet and herbal.

When used topically, Melissa may benefit those dealing with allergies, cold sores, eczema, herpes, some fungal infections, muscle spasms & fatigue, rheumatic pain, poor circulation, cold, flu & fever, colic, stomach cramps, indigestion, and menstrual pain. It is thought to help lower blood pressure, regulate both menstrual cycle and hormones, and may serve as an insect repellent.

When used in a diffuser or inhaled, it is said to help to combat chronic coughing, bronchitis, rapid breathing, strep infections, some viral infections, ward off feelings of nausea and vomiting, and is believed to help ease some minor asthmatic complaints (though should never be used in place of a medicated inhaler).

If you deal with ailments of a more psychological origin, Melissa may soon become your "go-to" essential oil! It is highly calming and slightly hypnotic to the mind. This makes it a wonderful oil for those who regularly experience bouts of anxiety, insomnia, hysteria, "nervous" crisis, nervous tension, mental exhaustion, emotional hypersensitivity, panic, shock, trauma, irritability, and many stress related concerns. Additionally, it may provide some relief for those dealing with mild to moderate depression.

Finally, on the "subtle energies" aspect, Melissa is phenomenal for those coping with recent loss, or other concerns around death. It provides relief from emotional blockages triggered by grief, while promoting understanding and acceptance. It is often used to assist in dispelling fear, regret, spiritual shock, grief, and anger while allowing acceptance, love, prosperity and understanding to flow in. It may also be used to help one to remember their past lives.

Contraindications: Use caution if applying to hypersensitive, diseased, or damaged skin. Do not use during pregnancy, or on children under 2 years of age. May induce a mild allergic-like reaction in some individuals.

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