Lemon Balm uses are not limited to culinary flavoring! There are many medicinal and emotional uses of Lemon Balm as well.
Lemon Balm has several common names including Sweet Balm and Melissa. These are all names for the same plantMelissa officinalis so don’t be confused by the different names. If you see Melissa Essential Oil or Lemon Balm Essential Oil they are the same name and should be the same oil!
Also, do not confuse those names with Bee Balm. Bee Balm is not the same and is sometimes interchanged with Lemon Balm and this is incorrect.
Lemon Balm uses go back to ancient times. It was use for many different physical and emotional ailments of the heart, as well asnervous disorders and headaches.
Did you know that a study found that a combination of lemon balm and valerian showed anti-anxiety relief in volunteers taking a laboratory stress test? I believe it. Lemon Balm has been used to release emotional blocks and balance emotional states such as depression and anxiety for many years!
Today, Lemon Balm is considered one of the most powerful antiviral oilavailable. One application to herpes lesions can be cleared very quickly!
If it is so powerful, why is it not used more often?
Because lemon balm uses are popular with the perfume industry and the plant has a very low oil yield, the distillation cost is extremely high! Especially for therapeutic purposes.
Just to give you an idea of the cost and volume of plant material required to produce pure lemon balm I provided some figures below:
• One pound of lemon balm oil = 3 tons of lemon balm plant material!
• One pound of PURE lemon balm oil = therapeutic quality = up to$15,000 per pound!
So, pure therapeutic grade Lemon Balm oil or Melissa oil ranges in price from$150 to $225 for a 5 ml bottle. However, I have seen it on the internet for as low as $10 for the same size bottle if you can believe that! Besides Rose Otto Essential Oil it is one of the most expensive therapeutic oils on the market today.
Seeing things in terms of dollars and cents always brings home the point. And as I have said many times if you want healing results, you need good quality therapeutic oil! And that does come with a cost associated with it. And here, a huge cost!
Please do not be fooled by (or support) companies who adulterate their essential oils and sell them as pure grade oil. Lemon Balm is frequently adulterated with Lemongrass and citronella essential oils because the combination of the two smells similar.
My favorite blends that contain Lemon Balm essential oil are Awaken and White Angelica (protection).
More Lemon Balm uses? There are more! Keep reading for more information on lemon balm uses, how to use it and what to use it for. This section will also provide you with some fun suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!
As I receive new tips and testimonials for Lemon Balm Oil they will be added to the page, so check back frequently!
What is the Genus Species? Melissa officinalis
Why is this information important?
It is always a good idea to know your source and the genus species of your essential, so you know what you are getting! As I mentioned in the introduction, lemon balm oil is often times adulterated or is being sold as therapeutic grade when it really is not.
The most popular way to adulterate lemon balm oil is with lemongrass and citronella. So always purchase your oil by the common name and the genus species name, and know your supplier!
Where is the name derived from? Melissa comes from a Greek word "melittena" meaning "honey bee".
Why is this information so important? Its not, it's just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Leaves and flowers.
What is the ORAC Value? 134,300 µTE/100g
Why know about this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Oranges = 750; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that Melissa was contained in Carmelite water that was distilled by the Carmelite monks since 1611?
What are the Plant Properties? Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-depressant, antihistamine, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiviral, hypertensive, nervine, tonic, uterine and sedative.
What are the Documented Lemon Balm Uses and Benefits? Anxiety, asthma, depression, insomnia, viral infections (herpes), bronchitis, coughs, colds, cold sore blisters, eczema, erysipelas, heart conditions, hypertension, indigestion, insect bites, menstrual problems, migraine, nausea, nervous tension, palpitations, shock, sterility, throat infections, vertigo and vomiting.
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Its delicate and lemon scent aroma is calming and uplifting.
What is the Spiritual Influence? Lemon Balm uses definitely include the spiritual and emotional realm.
It has been used for centuries to harmonize the mind and body. It will help those who are sensitive and feel pressure easily, and emotionally shut down. Once we shut down, melancholy or depression sets in and takes over, but with Lemon Balm we can quickly lift ourselves back out of this state!
Using Lemon balm will restore clarity, bring support and balance back to the spirit so once again we may have a positive outlook on our life and well being.
What Chakra is Affected? Opens and expands the heart chakra.
What is the corresponding Chakra Color? Pink
How do I use it?
Use NEAT (undiluted). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No
So when I do use it, it is usually in a professionally made blend with lemon balm as an ingredient! Most of the blends I use are for emotional work, so using lemon balm in a blend creates a synergistic effect anyway!
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine products and oils in particular which are not of therapeutic grade! Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for healing results. Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) by the FDA, Lemon Balm Oil is readily available on the market in several different qualities, so please know your source.
There are many Lemon Balm uses because it is Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS). Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that a one-time application of true Melissa (Lemon Balm) oil lead to remission of Herpes Simplex lesions? This was documented by the University of Munich!
Did you know that Lemon Balm was called the "Elixer of Life" by Swiss-born physician and alchemist Paracelsus? He was born in 1493 and he believed it was a rejuvenator of the mind and body and promoted longevity!
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Tips and Testimonials from an Essential Oil User
Lemon balm uses includes perfume! Place it on your wrist to lift your spirits! It smells lovely!
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