Melissa Leaf Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
Plant Part: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: Melissa leaf, commonly known as lemon balm, comes from a sweet smelling, bushy herb that grows up to 90 cm high with serrated leaves and tiny white or pink flowers. The high price of Melissa essential oil is due to the fact that approximately 3 tonnes of plant material is required in order to produce approximately 500 ml / 16.66 fl. Oz of essential oil.
Color: Clear with a slightly yellow tinge
Note: Top to Middle
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Aromatic Scent: Melissa essential oil has a warm and radiant scent reminiscent of Lemons.
History: Melissa comes from the Greek for ‘Honey Bee’. It was used to give comfort and drive away sadness. Current aromatherapists tend to make the same claim, though they caution that consumers must be careful to purchase authentic Melissa Leaf essential oil rather than ‘nature identical’ varieties sold at a fraction of the normal cost.
Cautions: Melissa Leaf has possible sensitizing and dermal irritating characteristics. Nonetheless, it is viewed by experts as non-toxic.