Not only is this the name I gave my youngest daughter, it is the most useful essential oil/herb you can have in your home. Melissa has an extremely ancient history of therapeutic use. The first Carmelite nuns and ancient physicians used this oil because of its innumerable health benefits. Undeniably, the most important contribution of herbal medicines in the field of health is the holistic approach of healing both the body and the mind. Melissa essential oil (or as some know it – Lemon Balm) is one such useful essential oil as its properties help strengthen the nervous system and calms both the body and the spirit. Below are 5 amazing uses for it.
Growing Melissa in your herb garden is easy peasy and it’s great to dry and keep for use through the winter. I use it in my cooking from spicing up salmon steaks, adding it to my rice and of course a lovely cuppa when sleep seems evasive.
- Making a tea using the dried leaves along with Valerian is a great way to relieve stress, anxiety and insomnia. Studies have shown that this combination is as effective as the prescription drug Halicon. Studies out of England have shown that students were less stressed and calmer during tests.
- Melissa is used in Europe for treating thyroid problems and has shown an ability to regulate thyroid hormone production. Its anti-viral characteristics have made it useful in the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- In another study, researchers found that using Melissa improved memory and lengthened attention span in individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s. It was also found that using Melissa aromatherapeutically, it calmed over-excited individuals suffering from dementia.
- It is known that the Melissa plant contains polyphenols, which help significantly in the treatment of cold sores and it combats the herpes simplex virus, shingles as well as other viral afflictions. It is worth noting that there is a significant reduction in the duration and severity of herpes and a reduction in the frequency of recurrence. When applied to sores caused by the herpes simplex virus, creams or ointment containing Melissa, have sped up the healing process.
- There has been some success in using Melissa to treat Grave’s disease, an auto-immune condition in which the thyroid gland produces excess thyroid hormone. Although laboratory and animal studies show that Melissa may help decrease thyroid in the body, no human studies have yet been conducted for this possible use.
Recently I had a client come for a massage with issues around anxiety and stress. I made up a massage blend containing Melissa, Sweet Marjoram and Jasmine. By the time we came to the second half of the massage, they were sound asleep. When we finished they were totally relaxed. I gave them what remained in the bottle suggesting that they rub a bit on before going to bed. They contacted me a few days later to say thank you and that they were indeed sleeping better.
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Slán go fóill (goodbye for now),