Melissa – doTERRA Essential Oil

Tuesday Tip-off! Melissa essential oil has a positive effect on mood and has long been used to calm tension and nerves. Diffusing Melissa at night initiates a restful sleep and promotes emotional and cognitive health.

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picture and information from doTERRAblog.com & Everythingessentials.com

Melissa is steam distilled from a small plant common in Europe, Middle Asia, and North America.  The white or yellow flowers produce a unique scent that is highly attractive to honeybees.  From this comes the name of this plant for the Greek word for honeybee is Melissa.  True pure Melissa is a very expensive essential oil because of the difficulty in extraction.  A number of writers warn of inexpensive products claiming to be Melissa that are blends of inexpensive oils configured to imitate Melissa.  Be cautious.

The extracts from this the Melissa plant has been used for its medicinal properties for ages.  In one of the very early texts on medicinal plants and herbs written by Nicolas Culpeper, “Culpeper’s Complete Herbal and English Physician” published in 1653 he wrote about Melissa, “it causeth the mind and heart to become merry, and reviveth the heart, faintings and sleep, and driveth away all, troublesome cares and thoughts out of the mind, … It is  very good to help digestion … it is good for the liver and the spleen.”

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