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Melissa Essential Oil:
Melissa is also known as Lemon
Balm. Melissa is originally from the Mediterranean region but at present most
Melissa Essential Oil is produced in France.
Melissa honey has been a
favourite flavour ever since the ancient days, in fact the name Melissa comes
from the Greek word for bee.
Here to go to the Melissa herb page for more information
Essential Oil Properties and Uses:
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Essential Oil Constituents:
Citral: A Monoterpene Aldehyde consisting of isomers geranial
and neral which combined are known as Citral.
Citral has sedative,
antiviral and antibacterial effects.
Aldehydes: Aldehydes are a class of highly reactive chemical
compounds that are intermediate between acids and alcohols, containing less
hydrogen than alcohols and less oxygen than acids.
Aldehydes are mostly irritants and can cause skin
irritation in even when diluted. Monoterpene Aldehydes are geranial,
citronellal, citral (which is responsible for the sharp distinctive citric
smell) while Cyclic Aldehydes are also known as aromatic Aldehydes have far more
cloying and sweet smells like Cinnamic Aldehyde and Benzaldehyde, which are
Cyclic Aldehydes, widely used in the perfume industry.
If ingested aldehydes are very irritant to the gastrointestinal tract, causing
nausea and diarrhoea.
For further detail see specific aldehydes:
Carophyllene Oxide: No current data available
Citronellal and Citronellol: Citronellal a Terpene Aldehyde and
Citronellol a Terpene Alcohol. Fragrant and regarded as highly valued oil in
aromatherapy and the perfume industry. Terpene alcohols are antimicrobial but
are a lot gentler on the skin than the phenols. Citronellal from Citronella
grass has a more pungent smell and is less gentle on skin. Aldehydes are
sedative, antiviral and antimicrobial but can be an irritant to the skin.
Linanool: Linalool one of the terpene alcohols is widely
distributed in the plant kingdom. Linalool has strong effects on the nervous
system and is therefore widely used by aroma therapists and herbologists as a
sedative, spasmolytic and local anaesthetic. It is also used against many skin
complaints, mostly in the form of tea tree oil.
Geraniol: A terpene alcohol. Fragrant and regarded as highly
valued oil in aromatherapy and the perfume industry. Terpene alcohols are
antimicrobial but are a lot gentler on the skin than the phenols.
Nerol: A terpene alcohol.
Terpene Alcohol: Valued for their fragrance,
gentle reaction on the skin and membranes and healing properties Terpene
Alcohols have earned the name of "Friendly Molecules". Alcohols are amongst the
strongest antimicrobial compounds in essential oils but lack the irritant
properties of other antimicrobial constituents like phenols.
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