Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Melissa Essential Oil

Melissa Essential Oil

Melissa officinalis

Melissa essential oil has a sweet, fresh and citrus-like odour and is pale yellow in colour. It is watery in viscosity.

It originated from the Mediterranean region.

Extraction Method:
Melissa oil is extracted from the fresh flowering tops and leaves by the process of steam distillation.

Chemical composition:
Trans-ocimene, cis-ocimene, 3-octanone, methyl hepenone, cis-3-hexenol, 3-octanol, 1-octen-3-ol, copaene, citronellal, linalool, b-bourbonene, caryophyllene, a-humulene, neral, germacrene-D, geranial, geranyl acetate, d-cadinene, y-cadinene, nerol and geraniol.

Therapeutic properties:
Antidepressant, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cordial, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, sudorific and tonic.


  1. Melissa essential oil calms the nerves and has very good qualities in fighting depression. 
  2. It has a sedative effect.
  4. It helps in cases of hysteria and panic and helps to slows the heartbeat, eases high blood pressure and is a tonic to the heart while regulating the menstrual cycle, also helping with period pains.
  5. It may settle the digestive system, helps with nausea, flatulence, vomiting, dyspepsia and dysentery and has a cooling effect on fevers. 
  6. It can help with headaches and migraines associated with colds.
  7. When treatment is started in the early stages, it can also be used as a topical treatment for cold sores.


  • Melissa oil is non-toxic but could cause sensitization and irritation and should always be used in low dilutions. 
  • It should be avoided during pregnancy.
  • It should be avoided by people with a very sensitive skin.

Blends well with:

 Rose, Frankincense, Basil, Lavender, Geranium, Chamomile, Ylang-ylang.