Melissa Plant

Melissa is steam distilled from a small plant common in Europe, Middle Asia, and North America. The white or yellow flowers produce a unique scent that is highly attractive to honeybees. From this comes the name of this plant for the Greek word for honeybee is Melissa. True pure Melissa is a very expensive essential oil because of the difficulty in extraction. A number of writers warn of inexpensive products claiming to be Melissa that are blends of inexpensive oils configured to imitate Melissa. Be cautious.

The extracts from this the Melissa plant has been used for its medicinal properties for ages. In one of the very early texts on medicinal plants and herbs written by Nicolas Culpeper, “Culpeper’s Complete Herbal and English Physician” published in 1653 he wrote about Melissa, “it causeth the mind and heart to become merry, and reviveth the heart, faintings and sleep, and driveth away all, troublesome cares and thoughts out of the mind, … It is very good to help digestion … it is good for the liver and the spleen.”




Robert Tisserand, an early writer on aromatherapy in our era reflects many of these same attributes, “The action of this oil is tonic (this means soothing to these early writers), rather than stimulant, it is a tonic to the heart, nervous and digestive systems, and the uterus. It is sedative, calming, antidepressant. It slows the respiration and pulse, lowers the blood pressure, and has an antispasmodic effect on smooth muscle.”

Dr. David Hill states that Melissa is a very powerful antiviral essential oil. Because it has now been confirmed that essential oils do penetrate the cells in our body and Melissa is 60% a phenylpropanoid (an organic compound associated with the structural components of the body’s cellular walls). Therefore, Melissa, with its antiviral property can inactivate a virus before it enters a cell. This is important since a virus needs a host cell before it can multiply and do its damage in the body. This makes Melissa very very effective against the herpes virus that 98% of us have. Dr. Hill recommends using Melissa (for its antiviral properties) in a capsule for internal use.

He also notes the usefulness of Melissa as an antidepressant, especially in this day when big pharma is pushing so many dangerous antidepressant drugs. Even more alarming, where the fastest growing market of these drugs are children of preschool age.

Dr. Hill notes five health concerns that benefit from the calming properties of Melissa. These are depression, anger, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cognitive impairments. He suggests diffusing Melissa essential oil at night. Also applying topically with Melissa and Frankincense for depression and Melissa with Patchouli for cognitive disorders.

Because of the expense of Melissa many writers note that it can often be used diluted and remain very effective. For example with cold sores (oral herpes) just a single drop of a 10:1 dilution may be sufficient for topical application 2 to 3 times a day.