Lemon Balm Essential Oil

[ 1845 ]
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Lemon balm essential oil is obtained from the leaves of sweet Melissa, or lemon balm, a member of the mint family that is native to the Mediterranean.

The oil is rich in aromatic compounds that give the oil a bright, lemony fragrance and skin-soothing qualities.

Bulk Lemon Balm Essential Oil ~ Monterey Bay Herb Co

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information at a glance

originunited states
extraction methodsteam distillation
edibleNot recommended for internal use.
safetyLemon balm is non-toxic and non-sensitizing, but dilution with a carrier oil will reduce the risk of irritation. Do not use while pregnant or nursing. Due to a potential increase in the effects of antiretroviral agents, check with your doctor before using this oil if you take HIV medications.
fragrance note classification middle

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsStore in a cool, dry place away from direct heat and light.
appearance & aromaPale yellow-to-green in color with a fresh, lemon-like aroma.


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aromatherapyDiffuse or use in a vaporizer. May also be diluted in a carrier oil and applied across the forehead to help relieve headache.
cosmetics / personal careAdd to skin lotions and creams. May also be used to make salves and lip balms to soothe cold sores.
massage / bath / spaUse in massage oils, bath oils and in homemade soaps.
perfumeryCCombine with other oils to create signature perfumes, aroma sprays and incense blends.
craftsUse to scent candles, floral crafts and other projects.
householdAdd a few drops to a small spray bottle of witch hazel to use as a personal insect repellent.

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aromatic profile & blending companions

lemon balm
essential oil

Fresh and citrusy, with a lemon-like fragrance. Blends well with bergamot, chamomile, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, petitgrain, rose geranium and sweet orange.

formulas & recipes

lemon balm
essential oil

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what else you should know

lemon balm
essential oil

Lemon balm is a prolific member of the mint family that readily releases a lemon-like scent when its leaves are crushed or brushed against. Using steam distillation, the leaves also yield a highly aromatic essential oil that is used in the spa, massage, aromatherapy and cosmetic industries.

There are several active compounds in lemon balm essential oil that are involved in the calming effects of its aroma, as well as the oil's antibacterial and anti-viral effects when applied topically. Chemicals called terpenes appear to be primarily responsible for scent, while tannins lend germ-busting attributes. Another compound, eugenol, contributes to these properties and also provides mild antispasmodic and analgesic effects.

For more information on how to use essential oils please read our article: Aromatherapy Basics for Using Pure Essential Oils

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.