AromaDb: A Database of Plant's Aroma Molecules

Essential Oil Details

Essential Name
: Melissa officinalis essential oil
Plant Name
: Lemon balm
Plant Variety Name
: NA
Plant Tissue Name
: Whole plant


In the traditional Austrian medicine, M. officinalis leaves have been prescribed for internal (as tea) or external (essential oil) application for the treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, nervous system, liver, and bile.

Other Details

Lemon balm essential oil is very popular in aromatherapy. The essential oil is commonly codistilled with lemon oil, citronella oil, or other oils.

Biological Activity Details

Serial No.Biological Activity Name


1. Verma, Ram S., Rajendra C. Padalia, and Amit Chauhan. "Evaluation of essential oil quality of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) grown in two locations of northern India." Journal of Essential Oil Research ahead-of-print (2015): 1-5.

2. Sousa, Allyne Carvalho, et al. "Melissa officinalis L. essential oil: antitumoral and antioxidant activities." Journal of pharmacy and pharmacology 56.5 (2004): 677-681.

3. Mimica-Dukic, Neda, et al. "Antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of Melissa officinalis L.(Lamiaceae) essential oil." Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 52.9 (2004): 2485-2489.

4. Abdellatif, Fahima, et al. "Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of the essential oil from leaves of Algerian Melissa officinalis L." EXCLI journal 13 (2014): 772.

Major Compound Details

Serial No.Compound Name Compound Percentage(%)
1Geranial 42.3
2Neral 32.6

Minor Compound Details

Serial No.Compound Name Compound Percentage(%)
1(E)-Caryophyllene 3.5
2Nerol 2.4
3Piperitone 2.5
4Geranyl Formate 1.4
56-Methyl-5-Hepten-2-One 1.4
6Citronellal 0.4
7Citronellol 0.1
8Gamma-Terpinene 0.1
9Geranyl Acetate 0.7
10Limonene 0.1
11(E)-Nerolidol Trace
12Linalool 0.2
13(Z,E)-Alpha-Farnesene 0.2
14Methyl Chavicol 0.1
151-Octen-3-Ol 0.1
16Neryl Acetate 0.3
17Alpha- Pinene Trace
18P-Cymene 0.1
19Alpha-Phellandrene Trace
20Beta-Caryophyllene Oxide 0.8

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