Melissa Essential Oil


Melissa officinalis

Also known as “sweet oil” and “the elixir of life,” Melissa oil can promote restful sleep and emotional well-being and support the health of many bodily systems.*

Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal


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Melissa oil is named after the Greek word for “honey bee” because its delicious citrus aroma attracts them so easily.   This essential oil has been used for centuries to promote overall emotional and physical well-being.  It can be used as an effective sleep aid, leveraging its calming and tension-reducing properties to invite restful sleeping patterns.  It can also be used to promote the bodily functions that help to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as the digestive system and the systems that filter toxins from the body.*  Its antibacterial properties help to fight off infections and illness, and may help to overcome fevers, and can even be used to create a gentle, non-toxic homemade surface cleaner.


  • Place 1-2 drops directly on the tongue after eating to encourage healthy digestive function.*
  • Diffuse to create a calming aura perfect for a restful night of sleep.
  • Add 1-2 drops to a facial cleanser to rejuvenate and refresh the skin.
  • Use in an all-purpose health tonic to promote the general health of the digestive, diuretic, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.*

Directions for Use

  • Diffusion: Use 3-4 drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in four ounces of liquid or place 1-2 drops directly on the tongue or roof of the mouth.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.

Primary Benefits

  • Promotes feelings of calm and restfulness and reduces effects of stress and tension
  • Promotes digestive, cardiovascular, and nervous system health.*
  • May reduce risks of bacterial infection and illness.*

Aromatic Description

  • Citrus, herbal, light.

Collection Method

  • Steam Distillation

Plant Part

  • Leaf

Main Constituents

  • Geranial, germacrene, neral, beta-caryophyllene


Melissa oil is non-toxic, but users should exercise caution when using internally or topically.  Avoid consuming in doses of more than 1-2 drops, especially when not diluted, and consider combining with a lotion or carrier oil when applying topically.  Never substitute use of essential oils for prescribed medications.