Melissa Oil, Some Uses

Melissa Oil, Some Uses

Melissa oil (Melissa officinalis) has a slightly lemon, herby, grassy scent to it. It is also known as “Lemon Balm.” The eleventh century Arab physician Avicenna said,  “It maketh the heart merry and joyful and strengtheneth the vital spirits.”

Aromatic influences: Uplifting, dispels fear, shock, grief, and anger, brings acceptance, understanding, and helps deal with the past. Calming, cooling, nurturing.

Combines well with:

Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Petitgrain Bigarade, Neroli, Geranium, Rose, Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Myrtle, Red Mandarin.

Ways to use it

  • G.R.A.S.
  • One of the earliest known medicinal herbs, it is often used to treat nervous disorders.
  • Melissa is a mild irritant and sensitizer. Avoid using in baths or massage if you have sensitive skin.
  • Helps treat viral and bacterial infections.
  • Can also be used to perfume a room and as an insect repellant. However, because of the cost of the oil, it would be better to use Lemon or Citronella instead.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety. Lifts the mood.
  • Comforts during times of grief.
  • Helps alleviate feelings of insecurity and vulnerability.
  • Relieves aches and pains.
  • Helps calm and regulate menstrual cycles.
  • To ease headaches and migraines, add 2 drops Melissa to 1 teaspoon Jojoba and apply to forehead, temples, or neck
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. Have fun with it!


Here are a few recipes involving Melissa oil. To check for more, you can click on Melissa in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Stress Reduction

  • 5 drops Melissa
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Clove Bud
  • 1 drop Nutmeg
  • 1 drop Black Pepper

Use in a diffuser. (9)

Bath Formula for PMS

  • 4 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Fennel Seed
  • 4 drops Rose
  • 3 drops Melissa
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Mix together formula and add to a warm/hot bath. Relax and enjoy for at least 30 minutes. To soften skin and remove impurities, you can add the formula to 1 cup epsom salts and pour into water. (9)

For Chronic Fatigue or Post-Viral Conditions

  • 2 drops Melissa
  • 3 drops Black Pepper
  • 4 drops Red Mandarin
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Gently rub formula into your body wherever it feels soothing. (10)

Calm Indigestion

  • 4 drops Melissa
  • 4 drops Grapefruit
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage formula into abdomen, using clockwise strokes. (10)

Calm Erratic Moods

  • 2 drops Melissa
  • 4 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Apply formula to skin in long, soothing strokes. (10)

Soothe Aching Muscles in Hands

  • 5 drops Melissa
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Clove Bud
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Black Pepper
  • 1 drop Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba

Add formula to a basin of warm/hot water and soak your hands for 20 – 30 minutes. (9)

Fatigue Relief Massage

  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • 5 drops Melissa
  • 5 drops Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage formula into upper chest, back of the neck, shoulders and down the back. (9)

And finally,

Please let us know ways you like to use Melissa oil. It’s a lovely oil and it will be fun to see new uses of it.


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  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
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