Lemon Balm (Melissa) Oil
Dolphin Clinic Lemon Balm or Melissa (melissa officinalis). Melissa, also known as "heart's delight" has been used medicinally since the 17th century. The fresh lemony essential oil is distilled from the leaves and flowering tops of melissa officinalis. This is pure Lemon Balm that has literally been reconstituted. This is the almost the best you can get – i.e. nothing else added to it. 6ml
Talked about recently on Dr Oz, and promoted for its anti viral effect on herpes simplex 1 and 2.
If you are interested in 100% pure Melissa oil, as of the 30th of May 2017 the price for 6ml is $159.95.
Research on Lemon Balm or Melissa officinalis on herpes simplex 1 and 2.
Extracts and essential oils of medicinal plants are increasingly of interest as novel drugs of antimicrobial and antiviral agents, since herpes simplex virus (HSV) might develop resistance to commonly used antiviral agents.
Melissa officinalis essential oil was phytochemically examined by GC-MS analysis, its main constituents were identified as monoterpenaldehydes citral a, citral b and citronellal.
The antiviral effect of lemon balm oil, the essential oil of Melissa officinalis, on herpes simplex virus was examined.
The inhibitory activity against herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1)and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) was tested in vitro on monkey kidney cells using a plaque reduction assay.
The 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50) of balm oil for herpes simplex virus plaque formation was determined at high dilutions of 0.0004% and 0.00008% for HSV-1 and HSV-2, respectively.
At noncytotoxic concentrations of the oil,plaque formation was significantly reduced by 98.8% for HSV-1 and 97.2% for HSV-2, higher concentrations of lemon balm oil abolished viral infectivity nearly completely.
In order to determine the mode of antiviral action of this essential oil, time-on-addition assays were performed. Both herpes
viruses were significantly inhibited by pretreatment with balm oil prior to infection of cells.
These results indicate that Melissa oil affected the virus before adsorption, but not after penetration into the host cell, thus lemon balm oil is capable of exerting a direct antiviral effect on herpes
Considering the lipophilic nature of lemon balm essential oil, which enables it to penetrate the skin, and a high selectivity index, Melissa officinalis oil might be suitable for topical treatment of herpetic infections.
The Lemon Balm Reconstituted oil is a combination of essential oils used to mimic the pure oil – all oils used are natural (i.e. from other plants), no synthetic chemicals are used, but it is not 100% Lemon Balm.
Keep out of reach of Children.