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 Melissa Essential Oil uses - Aromatherapy- Melissa

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Oil Name:Melissa
Note:Middle
Parts of plant used:Flowers and leaves
Botanical Name:Melissa Officinalis
Aroma:Floral sweet with traces of citrus

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.

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Melissa Essential Oil Properties and Uses:

Antifungal BleedingInsecticide
Insect stings and bitesAsthmaNausea
Nervous tonicFatigueMenstrual disorders
UterineCarminativeAntiallergenic
FebrifugeAntispasmodicDepression
DiarrhoeaHypertensionIrregular periods

Melissa 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:
Geranial
Citronellal
Neral
Citral
Cinnamic Aldehyde
Benzaldehyde

 

 

 

Carophyllene Oxide: No current data available

 

Citronellal:

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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