Properties of lemon balm essential oil

Characteristics and benefits of lemon balm essential oil

Characteristics of lemon balm essential oil (Melissa officinalis )

Profile of the plant

Perennial plant of the Labiatae family up to 80 cm in height. Stems erect, square, woody. Leaves with very marked teeth, with a characteristic smell of lemon, petiolate, oval.

White or pink flowers up to 1.2 cm gathered in whorls of up to 10 flowers. Chalice with many hairs.

How is lemon balm essential oil produced?

Lemon balm essential oil is obtained from the steam distillation of the leaves and flowers

It is grown in many regions of the world in Europe, North America and North Africa, being Ireland the largest producer in the world.

What is lemon balm essential oil like?

Lemon balm detail with flowers and leaves

Lemon balm detail with flowers and leaves

It is a light yellow oil with a fresh smell of lemon.

It is rich in citronellol, linalool, limonene and geranial.

Properties of lemon balm essential oil

Main medicinal uses of lemon balm essential oil

Industrial uses of lemon balm essential oil

It is used in perfumery and in the manufacture of cosmetics, soaps, also to give flavor to drinks and food

Toxicity of lemon balm essential oil

The essential oil is discouraged in pregnancy since it can cause abortions. Nor is it adequate in breastfeeding.

Used externally, it can produce irritations in contact with light, so it is advisable to cover the affected area of ​​the light contact and not to use it in case of prolonged exposures or high mountain.

In external use it must be diluted a lot so that it is not irritating. It can produce reactions in the skin of certain people.

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