Native to southern and central Europe and the Mediterranean region.
The oil is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves and tops of the plant.
Antidepressant, nervine, emmenagogue, antispasmodic, stomachic, antibacterial, carminative, febrifuge, sudorific and sedative.
Melissa is probably most used for its ability to lift the spirits and soothe the emotions. It's a lovely oil to burn or vaporise due to its gorgeous aroma and is often recommended in times of intense grief or shock to calm and balance.
It can help to regulate a racing heart and hyperventilation. It's also suggested for those who want to use natural birth control. It can help to regulate the menstrual cycle and so make it easier to predict ovulation. This can make it
If used in massage or for any other blend to be applied to the skin it should be used to a maximum of 1% in the blend. It's a very potent oil which will cause sensitisation of the skin if misused.