The Healing Benefits of Melissa Essential Oil Melissa essential oil, also known as lemon balm, received the name “Melissa” because of its sweet, fresh, citrus-like fragrance, which was known to attract bees. Melissa is Greek for “honey bee” and is one of the rarest essential oils on the market. It has a wide range of health benefits including the ability to: -boost moods and fight depression -calm feelings of tension and nervousness -help initiate restful sleep and promote emotional well-being -support a healthy immune system -refresh and rejuvenate skin -help balance blood sugar levels and provide cellular support -aid in cognitive health and serve as an anti-inflammatory Melissa essential oil can be diffused at night or rubbed on the forehead, shoulders, or chest to help lessen feelings of stress and promote emotional well-being and restful sleep. You can also add a drop or two to a moisturizer or a spray bottle with water and spritz on your face to rejuvenate skin and refresh the mind. In fact, one of the best benefits of melissa essential oils is its ability to treat cold sores. And as you may have guessed with its other benefits, melissa essential oil has the ability to stop bacterial infections. The most important identified compounds in melissa oil that are well-known for their antimicrobial effects are citral, citronellal and trans-caryophyllene. A 2008 study showed that melissa oil exhibited a higher degree of antibacterial activity than did lavender oil against Gram-positive bacterial strains, including candida. But not only does melissa essential oil have strong antiviral and antimicrobial properties, it can be taken internally or applied topically to reduce swelling and relieve discomfort due to its anti-inflammatory activity. This is a great benefit to the body, as many chronic issues develop from some type of inflammation. Melissa essential oil also helps significantly reduce blood glucose levels and improve glucose tolerance. It naturally treats skin conditions and minor wounds. And it helps lower blood pressure levels and lower total cholesterol levels. Here are some ways to easily use melissa essential oil: For cognitive support, diffuse the oil daily or inhale it directly from the bottle For cold sores, apply two to three diluted drops topically to the area To reduce blood glucose levels, take a few drops internally To fight feelings of sadness or anxiousness, apply two to three drops topically to the back of the neck or ears or take internally by adding one drop to water or tea For help lowering blood pressure, apply topically to the chest or back of the neck, or take one to two drops internally.