Fight Cancer, Diabetes and More with Melissa Oil!

Melissa Oil

In this article, you will learn about:

  1. Why Lemon Balm is Costly
  2. Cancer Prevention Potential
  3. 4 More Benefits of Melissa Oil

Refreshing and energizing, lemon balm essential oil is a pleasant fragrance to add to your essential oil collection. If you've been shopping for oils lately, though, you know that it can also be rather pricey. So what is it that makes this mint-family herbaceous oil so costly (but worth the investment)? There's more to lemon balm than you may know.

Why Lemon Balm is Costly

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Lemon balm essential oil – also called Melissa, short for its Latin name Melissa officinalis -is distilled from the leaves, which are quite easy to grow and replenish. Lemon balm comes from the same family as peppermint, which is typically known for being prolific and even invasive.

In spite of easy-growing techniques, the leaves themselves yield very little essential oil. So it isn't a question of how quickly the plant produces but how much it must produce in order to yield a true, pure essential oil.

With that said, the benefits of true lemon balm essential oil are specific and clear. An investment in lemon balm is worthwhile. By the same token, keep an eye out for cheap lemon balm – a warning sign that the oil may be synthetic or cut with similar oils to stretch the yield.

Cancer Prevention Potential

Within my protocols and recommendations, lemon balm stands out as absolutely valuable due to its cancer prevention potential. As researchers uncover more and more about the mysteries of cancer and the potential that God-given substances have to erase it, I grow more excited about our work with essential oils.

Lemon balm, for example, went through an extensive study process in 2014, testing its ability to mitigate brain cancer cells. The results taught scientists much about the way the composition of lemon balm interacts with brain cancer cells. In the end, they found that a major part of lemon balm – citral – had numerous effects on the process and behavior of brain cancer and “may be of potential interest for the treatment” of this particular kind of cancer. (1)

While the words may sound vague and unfinished, the concept is strong. Lemon balm holds pieces to the puzzle of a cancer cure, and hopefully researchers will fit them together in our lifetimes!

4 More Benefits of Melissa Oil

Until we know just how to maximize lemon balm as a cancer prevention and even treatment, lemon balm can benefit our lives in many ways, from daily comforts to long-term effects.

1. Anti-diabetic Actions

Diabetes affects more and more people every day, from type 1 lack of insulin production to type 2 lack of insulin sensitivity. For type 2 diabetes, diet and lifestyle changes are a huge component of treatment.

Where diet and lifestyle are indicated, you are likely to find an essential oil to help as well. Such is the case with lemon balm, which has been tested as an anti-diabetic essential oil. In vitro studies suggest that even small amounts of lemon balm essential oil can help to curb type 2 diabetes. (2)

It's important to know your diabetes diagnosis well before looking toward additional nutritive treatment like essential oils. Once you understand what your body needs, you can look to oils like lemon balm to assist treatment.

Application: Use lemon balm essential oil as part of your shift toward healthy mind and body lifestyle decisions to combat diabetes.

2. Cold Sores Healing

Not only are cold sores uncomfortable and unsightly, they are a virus that can be transmitted. In fact, cold sores fall under the umbrella of herpes – the herpes simplex virus. So if you are struggling against cold sores, it's not just a soothing reprieve you need. You need an antiviral!

Many essential oils are antivirals and could be used against cold sores. Lemon balm, though, appears to be directly effective against the herpes simplex virus. (3) As part of a soothing lip balm, you can address both the need to sooth painful sores and attack the virus at its root.

Application: Include a few drops of lemon balm in a melted mixture of a bit of coconut oil and beeswax. Pour into a small tin and let set up. Remember not to share this lip balm – it's a source of healing and you don't want to share your cold sore, as well!

3. Cognitive Calm

Lemon balm is traditionally used for its calming effects. Essential oils are perfectly suited for this purpose, with easy application (just breathe deep!) and relaxation promotion. Lemon balm may do much more than just relax you, though.

For example, one study published in 2012 demonstrated the ability that lemon balm has to directly affect the brain and neurotransmitters. The specific action studied actually has implications for improving cognitive function and even reversing the effects of Alzheimer's disease. (4)

Such direct effects on the brain show us how deeply essential oils work in our bodies. Simply inhaling an oil like lemon balm is not just relaxing us because we like the scent, but it's actually helping to change things deep within ourselves!

Application: Use a drop or two of lemon balm in calming and cognitive-enhancing blends. Diffuse for room-wide calming benefits or inhale directly for more targeted and specific results.

4. Bug Repellant

You've probably noticed by this point that bug repellent effects are a repeated benefit of many essential oils. It's not universal for all essential oils, but many have shared components that are effective against mosquitos, ticks, and other pests. With Lyme disease on the rise, this is more important than ever. For lemon balm, the shared component is citronellol and citral, shared with the popular bug repelling oil citronella.

Sometimes, these natural components are much more effective than synthetic alternatives. As one study noted of essential oils, “these natural products have the potential to provide efficient, and safer repellents for humans and the environment.” (5) Why use potentially toxic chemicals when we have perfectly effective natural substances at our fingertips?

Application: Include lemon balm in topical sprays and oils for synergistic bug repelling protection.

Safety & Contraindications

Are you sure you're using essential oils safely and effectively? Are you confused by dilutions and conversions?

 Let me help take out the guesswork and download my FREE roller bottle guide HERE.

Essential Oil Roller Bottle Dilution Guide

When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

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As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.




This post currently has 20 comments.

  1. Terri Wells
    March 25, 2017

    Could Melissa Oil help with Linchen Sclerosus?

  2. Karolina
    March 3, 2017

    I just ordered a bottle for my son who has had ulcers in his digestive tract since he was a baby and has therefore been diagnosed with Crohn’s. He is on a immunosuppressant treatment called Remicade, but I would like to get him off and treat him naturally. He also gets lots of cold sores.
    How do I administer Melissa essential oil for internal use? One drop in water once a day? Thank you!

  3. Christine
    March 1, 2017

    Hi Dr. Z,

    This has been helpful. I’ve been trying to find out how to lower my mom’s blood sugar since her readings came out to 215 today. Last week, I had luck with applying 1 drop of doTerra cassia and 2 drops of coriander diluted with 5 drops of fractionated coconut oil on the bottom of each foot. On the first two days, I had magnificent results with her blood sugar readings even going down to 113. I thought I hit gold! Then, after 2 more days of applying the same technique, it started to go up again to now it’s at 215 (even higher than she was before). If I try the doTerra melissa oil on her abdomen, is it only one drop that I need? How many drops of coconut oil should I use with melissa? Why is the abdomen the best place to rub the oil for diabetes vs. the bottom of the feet? I’m new to oils as well, so I thank you so much for your support.

    • Debbie
      May 7, 2017

      You could make a roller bottle or just put a little Fractionated Coconut oil in your hand and a drop of Melissa and rub it on . It will help you spread it around and keeps it on the skin longer helping with absorption .

  4. Joanne Senn
    January 2, 2017

    Dr z. I am type two and am presently using corrieander and basil on my stomach with coconut oil. Using cinnamon and clove on feet, grapefruit EO in sugar free juice. I just received Melissa, is one drop enough in a gel cap? Or would it be better on my stomach with coconut oil? I am having great help with my EO with very low carb diet and two berberine caps. Thank you.

    • Dr. Z
      January 5, 2017

      Hi Joanne,

      Diluted topical use is probably best, but it really all depends on the individual

      1-2 drops in a gel cap is generally regarded as safe as long as it’s not for prolonged periods. Remember, the point of EOs is not to be dependent upon them, but to use them to put your body in the position where it heals itself.

  5. Laura
    October 9, 2016

    How is Melissa Oil used for diabetes treatment? Do you consume it with food or use in aromatherapy or another way? I’m kind of new to essential oils and am still a little confused as to how to use them.

    • Dr. Z
      October 9, 2016

      Yes, yes, and yes. Also, applying it diluted over the abdomen can help. 🙂

  6. Terry
    July 26, 2016

    What dosage of Melissa would you recommend for grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme?

    May 11, 2016

    I am growing lemonbalm and was boiling it in my tea can i do that? And id that gettimg benefits?

    • Dr. Z
      May 11, 2016

      Yes, but minimal. 1 drop of essential oil, for example, has the same medicinal effects as several cups of tea.

  8. Melissa martinez
    April 12, 2016

    Can you use Melissa Oil in a homemade cream and also use on children?

    • Dr. Z
      April 12, 2016

      Hi Melissa,

      At this point, I don’t see any research suggesting otherwise. z

  9. Virginia
    March 23, 2016

    I just ordered a bottle yesterday as a Doterra distributor, but wasn’t sure of all the hoopla over it. Thanks for clarifying. Love all you do for health and for the Lord! Thank you!

    • Dr. Z
      March 23, 2016

      You’re so welcome! 🙂

  10. Liz Wright
    March 21, 2016

    Where can I buy melissa essential oil? I use doTERRA oils but they don’t have that anymore.
    Thanks. Love your ministry 🙂

    • Dr. Z
      March 22, 2016

      Hey Liz, the grapevine told me that doT is letting their distributors buy 1 bottle of Melissa this month. You may want to look into this. 🙂

  11. Denise Roof
    February 12, 2016

    Dr. Could Melissa oil help with possible breast cancer? My friend’s doctor keeps wanting to do a biopsy on her breasts and she doesn’t want to. She’s doing everything natural that she knows and I just came across your article and funny thing is that we just bought some Melissa oil for her. Thanks!

    • Dr. Z
      February 16, 2016

      The possibilities are endless with Melissa. We just don’t know for sure because there’s no research on it.


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