Melissa (Lemon Balm) Melissa officinalis England OR/SD Leaves
Light, lemony, green pleasant scent. Oil obtained from the leaves and flowering tops. Historically used primarily or calming anxiety, comforting melancholy, lifting and balancing emotions. Used effectively as a topical anti viral especially for outbreaks of herpes and cold sores. Also anti bacterial and anti fungal. Use in very low dilutions, this is a very strong oil. A drop may be applied neat to a cold sore but I would normally dilute well. A very expensive oil due to its low yield. It actually takes around 300 lbs of the Lemon Balm to produce only 10 ml of the steam distilled essential oil. Luckily one needs a very small amount to be effective. 2.5 ml $32