Latin name: Melissa Officinalis
Plant family: Lamiaceae
A sweet-scented herb about 60cm high, soft and busy with bright green serrated leaves, square stems and tiny white or pink flowers. Native to the Mediterranean region but now common throughout Europe, Middle Asia, North America, North Africa and Siberia. It is mainly cultivated in France, Spain, Germany and Russia.
Hydrolats, aromatic waters produced by steam distillation of botanical materials during the production of essential oils. Hydrolats are gentle and effective, containing only the most water-soluble chemicals from the plant material, also microscopic drops of the essential oils.
Properties & Uses
Lemon aroma and flavour, calming but not sedative; digestive and anti-nausea; promotes relaxation; moderate anti-oxidant; cleanser for all skin types; good for baby bath, cradle cap or wet wipes; help for exam jitters (with neroli); affordable alternative to the essential oil.
How to use
Skin Treatments Use hydrolats as cleansers, toners, to make masks and for facial spritzers. Either use 50/50 with purified water or undiluted.
Room Refreshers Spray liberally around pets, cooking areas, bedrooms and other areas of your environment. Particularly useful in the office to help prevent the spread of disease.
Mouthwash and Gargle Dilute 1:10 for children and 1:4 for adults for gargles and mouthwashes to help strengthen gums, freshen breath, relieve sore throats, ulcers, thrush and toothache.
Health Drink To help promote a healthy, balanced body, dilute 200mls of hydrolat into 1 litre of water and drink throughout the day.
Baths Add up to 100mls to an adult bath and 50mls to a child’s bath. Hydrolats can also be used in sitz baths.
Compress Soak a cloth in hydrosol and compress to the area being treated. For a hot compress use a cold cloth and for hot, use a hot cloth. Wrap up the area with plastic film and leave for 30 minutes.
Melissa Safety Data