Lemon balm essential oil benefits and uses include treatment of ailments such as anxiety athletes foot, insomnia, digestive issues, acne (and other skin issues), coughing, bronchial issues, and hyperthyroidism. It is also useful in repelling insects and as a fragrance. It is a popular anti-viral and anti-bacterial home remedy.
Instructions for Use
Lemon balm oil can be used internally when diluted or externally applied to skin to treat issues such as acne, cold sores, and bug bites. When diffused it can help induce calmness and treat depression.
History and Additional Information
Lemon Balm is a perennial which is lemon scented. The teeth of the plant are oval with tiny teeth and it flowers yellow buds during the summer. The aromatic herb has cooling and sedative properties. The active parts of the essential oil are rosmarinic acid, monoterpene glycosides, phenolic acids, triterpenes, flavonoids , citronellal, and citral.
- Latin/Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
- Other Names: Bee balm, lemon balm, melissa, sweet balm.
- Family: Lamiaceae or Labiatae (Mint).
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves and flowers.
- Place of Origin: North America.
- Odor/Fragrance: Fresh, lemony, herbaceous
- Color: Clear Yellow
- Strength: strong
- Consistency: Thin
- Note: Middle
Blending Suggestions: Citrus oils, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, lavender, neroli, petitgrain, rose.
Safety Precautions for this Essential Oil: Lemon balm essential oil may cause sensitivity to skin, it should be diluted if it causes reactions. Always check with your doctor if you have concerns about using this oil.
Buy Essential Oil:
Highest Quality: Mountain Rose Herbs
Expect to pay a bit more for a higher quality oil. Always choose the highest quality oil if you plan on using internally or topically.
Best Value per ounce: Miracle Botanicals
This brand is less expensive per ounce, but still offers a great value.