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25 January 2022 / Caitlin Devlin

Melissa Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Melissa, or lemon balm, essential oil has many soothing, healing and protective abilities.

Melissa Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Also known as lemon balm, melissa essential oil is most well-known as a home remedy for cold sores.

It has had a diverse and extensive medical history, however, with its use originating over two thousand years ago with the Ancient Greeks and Romans.  It was thought to be beneficial for the brain, memory and mood, and these claims have since been backed up scientifically. Due to its potent properties, melissa essential oil is extremely expensive and it is very common for vendors to sell adulterated versions of the oil in order to make it accessible to customers. Even in adulterated versions of the oil, however, its significant benefits can be felt.

It’s a strong anti-inflammatory.

Melissa oil is a great choice for relieving pain or discomfort caused by inflammation, having powerful anti-inflammatory properties. A study in 2013 found that the oil was able to significantly reduce and inhibit edema, a swelling caused by fluid trapped in the body’s tissues. Melissa oil is also gentle on skin, making it suitable for topical application and a soothing addition to home-made massage oil when diluted.

It can help to prevent infections.

Many studies have tested melissa oil’s effectiveness on various strains of bacteria and the infections they lead to. A study in 2008, for example, tested the oil’s effectiveness on many different bacteria, including candida, and found that the oil exhibited a high amount of antibacterial activity. This is thought to be due to the presence of components citral, citronellal and trans-caryophyllene, which all have strong antimicrobial qualities.

It promotes skin health and treats cold sores.

Melissa oil is often used to naturally treat acne and eczema, due to its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory nature, as well as its gentle treatment of the skin. In various studies, melissa oil has been found to speed up healing times of these conditions, as well as minor wounds.

Melissa oil can also famously be an effective home remedy for cold sores, as it is able to fight viruses in the herpes family. A study in 2008 found that it was able to eradicate more than one strain of the herpes virus almost completely. This is not only due to its antiviral effects, but also to its lipophilic nature, which allows it to dissolve easily through the skin.

It lifts mood.

Melissa oil has been said by many to have antidepressant and sedative properties. A study in 2013 at the University of Melbourne found that melissa essential oil was able to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression in participants, as well as boosting cognition in general. A similar effect was observed amount young volunteers in a 2002 study, when simply exposing the participants to low doses of the oil still managed to result in an increase in calmness.

    Melissa oil has been consistently used for its cheering uplifting effects for centuries – an impressive endurance that shows just how special the oil is. Whilst getting your hands on absolute melissa oil may prove very expensive, the altered products on the market share enough of these benefits to give you that sunny feeling.

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