Balm oil (commonly referred to as melissa oil) is known for its lemony fragrance which is why it’s also called lemon balm oil. This essential oil is helpful in treating:
- Digestive problems, including flatulence, colic, bloating, vomiting;
- Menstrual cramps;
- Hysteria, melancholia, anxiety, and other disorders such as ADHD and Alzheimer’s disease;
- Insomnia, anxiety, restlessness,
- Grave’s disease;
- Cold sores;
- Swollen airways;
- Insect bites;
- Bacterial and viral infections;
- Vertigo; and,
- Rapid heartbeat.
In the kitchen, balm oil is used as a main ingredient for lemon balm cheesecake and to add flavor to chicken, fish, beverages, salad dressings, dips and sauces. It is also used as a natural insect repellent and treatment for insect bites.
Using balm oil in aromatherapy can help:
- Improve concentration;
- Enhance mental clarity;
- Relieve chronic fatigue syndrome;
- Stimulate good mood;
- Reduce irritability; and,
- Avoid bad dreams.
Pro tips: To get rid of warts, apply a drop of balm oil directly on the wart twice a day until it completely falls off.