Friday, October 15, 2010

Healing With Melissa OIl

G'morning my readers and blog hoppers! It's kinda surreal doing this post this morning as it feels like Saturday not Friday.....My better half is home with an owie so I am a little out of wack!

Today we are going to discuss Melissa oil. Melissa is a medicinal herb, it was first introduced by the Ancient Romans and is valued today for its therapeutic properties.

Melissa oil should be blended in carrier oil to produce a 3% solution. Due to the high level of Citral, do not use it undiluted on the skin as it is a known sensitizer . This is because little or no D-Limonene present. Read on my friends...


Healing With Melissa Oil

Melissa is perhaps best known as Lemon balm. As a recent addition to the aromatherapy chest, it is becoming increasingly popular as a sedative tonic. The calming action makes it valuable for depression, anxiety and emotional upsets.

True Melissaa oil is very expensive as the leaves, flowers and stem of the herb are distilled and give only tiny amounts of oil.

Melissa oil has a sweet, green  lemony scent with floral undertones; only a drop or two is needed. Purchase the oil only from a reputable dealer as cheaper sources are likely to be adulterated by the addition of cheaper Lemongrass oils.

Melissa, particularly blended with Chamomile, heals inflamed skin and calms digestion. It acts on the uterus to regulate periods  and ease any associated pain.

Active Ingredients Of Melissa Oil

Aldehydes~Melissa contains 92% Aldehyes, such as Citonellal, Citral and Geraniol. These are sedative and responsilbe for the oil's ability to slow the heartbeat. They are also anti-inflammatory.

Esters~Esters such as Geranyl Acetate are sedative, cooling and antispasmodic. Ketones are sleep-inducing , making  Melissa valuable for insomnia. They can be toxic, so use the oil in low concentrations

Using Your Melissa Oil

Melissa For A Stressed Out Body

Insomnia~Add the following to your bath water:
  • 3 drops Melissa
  • 4 drops Neroli
  • 4 drops Lavender

For An Uneasy Tummy~Add the following to a hanky for a calming dry inhalation:
  • 1 drops Melissa
  • 2 drops Ginger

Cold Sores~Cold sores are sometimes triggered by stress, at the first tingle blend the following and apply directly to sore. Do not use on broken skin
  • 1 drop Melissa
  • 3 drops Tea Tree
  • 1 tsp Cider Vinegar

Using Melissa To Calm

Soothe Irritability~Reduce irritability with a vaporizer blend:
  • 3 drops Melissa
  • 8 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 5 drops Chamomile

Relieve Stress~Blend the following and use for a full body massage:
  • 3 drops Melissa
  • 2 drops Basil
  • 8 drops Lavender
  • 3 tbsp Grapeseed

Ease Anxiety~Add the following to your bath:
  • 2 drops Melissa
  • 7 drops Frankincense
  • 4 drops Ylang Ylang

Cooling Allergy Relief

Soothe Inflamed Skin~Cure allergic  reaction using:
  • 5 drops Chamomile
  • 1 drop Melissa
  • 2 drops Tea Tree
  • 1 tbsp water
Put the blend in a spray bottle and apply it regularly to the affected area. The Melissa and Chamomile will sooth the skin and thee Tea Tree will fight the infection.

Combat Hayfever~Combine the following and use in a vaporizer when your symptoms appear:
  • 3 drops Melissa
  • 6 drops Rose
  • 4 drops Lavender

You know, it's kinda funny, I never know quite what to say at the end have a wonderful weekend!

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