Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Melissa



Melissa officianalis-extracted by distillation of the leaves and flowering tops. The fragrance is fresh, lemony.   Native to the Mediterranean region.  Now common almost everywhere.  Grows like a mint, spreads profusely. The oil is rare & expensive because 7 ½ tons of plant material is needed for 1 pound of oil.

CAUTIONS: Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating. No testing for sensitization. Dilute well for topical use.  

CHARACTER:  " Bubble of Enthusiasm",  Calming, supportive, sensitive, fostering, balancing, protecting, Hypnotic, Compassionate, Uplifting  

ETHERIC COLORS: Deep Blue, Orange, Red, Green-Gold into Light Blue       
NUMBER:  1  
ELEMENT:  Fire, Air, Wood  
 PERFUME NOTE:  Middle
ASTROLOGICAL:  Jupiter           
GEM:    Chrysocolla, Peach Aventurine, Sunstone
ENERGY TYPE: 3, 1; Cool & Dry
   
USED FOR THESE POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES: Strength, happiness, gentle, spiritual growth, relaxation, peace, positive, progressive, cheerful, acceptance, understanding

USED TO COUNTER ACT THESE NEGATIVE ATTRIBUTES: Nervous tension, stress, anxiety, irritability, overexcitement, restless, melancholy, sadness, grief, sorrow, depression, mental exhaustion, lethargy, negativity, fear, disappointment

USED FOR HEALING  THE PHYSICAL STATES: Allergies, asthma, herpes, shingles, circulation, heart disorders, headaches, menopause, eczema, bruises, thyroid problems, insomnia,  migraine, menstrual pain, hypertension.

PERSONALITY TRAITS:
+Bubbly, full of energy, delightful, with a multitude of interests & activities.
+Never forgets to phone home, feed the cat, or make sure groceries are in the house.
+Highly organized, loves life, enthusiastic, “over the top”
+Has a youthfulness & revitalizing effect on everyone. Basically sweet-natured.
+House is full of things that were relevant at a particular time. Fervent scrapbooker.
+Throw themselves into a quest of knowledge concerning their health.
+Like to try new & exciting things; open mind; very positive.
+Serious person with a good sense of judgment.  Excel at receiving insight.
+Live very much in the here & now, but respects the past & gives thought to future.
+Always tries to find the good side in people.
-When negative,  becomes anxious & loses interest in life.
- May attract jealously, spitefulness, because of their vivacious, outgoing nature.


ARCHETYPES:  SCRIBE, HISTORIAN, JOURNALIST, HEALER, JUDGE, MYSTIC, MUSE, MOTHER, DOVE
Blends well with LAVENDER, GERANIUM, MYRTLE, FLORALS AND CITRUS. 


(Citronellal, geranial, neral, citronellol, caryophyllene, linalol, limonene, citral, pinen.)

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