I have dealt with eczema for the past 3 years and it is just awful. As a massage therapist the last thing I want is some weeping sore on my elbow. When I come down with a case of eczema my first thought is essential oils. Lavender is always helpful as it calms the irritation but something even more powerful than my usual go to oil is Melissa essential oil. Melissa, also known as Lemon Balm, is a native plant of the Mediterranean area. The buds and leaves are steam distilled to create this sweet and lovely aromatic concoction. Topical application of Melissa essential oil not only helps with eczema but also herpes, headaches, insect bites, allergies and muscular spasms. Blend Melissa with Geranium and apply to the face and décolleté each morning for gorgeous glowing skin. Essential oils heal our bodies on a cellular level making them some of the most powerful medicinal tools in the world. Melissa essential oil restores clarity and boosts our memory so be sure and diffuse it earlier in the day if you’re looking for a lift. The other side of this incredible liquid is the sedative and restorative properties it has to offer. This essential oil is known to decrease hypertension or high blood pressure in individuals who use it regularly. It can also reduce nervous tension and other disorders like vertigo, insomnia, depression and shock. When dealing with any of the above just applies the oil to your spine and feet every evening before bed and the oil will work on your internal system the whole night through. Melissa combats inflammation, bacteria, microbes and viruses quite efficiently. When you feel an illness setting in just pour 5-10 drops of Melissa into your diffuser and allow it to cleanse your environment. Essential oil of Melissa will release emotional blockages so be sure to preface clients or friends before applying it to their bodies. It is an essential oil I would suggest avoiding during pregnancy as well. Moreover, you can simply add a drop or two to your morning glass of water and sip slowly, savoring its delicate flavor. Let us treat you to a calming treatment with Melissa next time you’re at the spa and you may just float out on a cloud. ;)
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By: Kristen and Bethany