June Oil of the Month: Moldavian Dragonhead - Everyday Essentials

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June Oil of the Month: Moldavian Dragonhead

This month, we are so excited for you to experience a Moldavian Dragonhead!

Not only does this rare and precious essential oil boast a fun and fanciful name, but it also brings a host of benefits and a beautifully soft, spicy lemony scent.

A sniff of Moldavian Dragonhead brings to mind that beautifully balanced sweet-tart scent of those vintage, natural lemon drops that come in the little round tins.


As one of more than 60 species from the Dragonhead family, Moldavian Dragonhead (Dracocephalum moldavica) grows as an annual herb. It thrives in Eastern Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Ukraine. This month’s selection comes to us from Bulgaria.

The Moldavian Dragonhead plant takes its name from the shape of its vibrant, purplish-blue flowers providing an ornamental splendor to gardens. The plant is beloved by bees, while its leaves are prized for lemony teas.

This herbal tea is brewed to help digestive distress, to support whole body health, and to help bring a boost to the mood. The Moldavian Dragonhead herb, also known as Moldavian Balm, can be substituted for Lemon Balm (Melissa) in culinary use.

The flowering tops and leaves of the plant are distilled to create Moldavian Dragonhead essential oil. Just as some compare it to Melissa in herbal form, Moldavian Dragonhead also shares some similarities with Melissa (Melissa officinalis) essential oil in scent, benefits, and composition. Also like Melissa, Moldavian Dragonhead is more costly than more commonly available essential oils due to low yield in the distillation process.

This unique composition lends itself to Moldavian Dragonhead’s deliciously refreshing and inviting lemony spicy scent, which is considerably softer and smoother than the sharp notes of Melissa.


While Moldavian Dragonhead is more costly than the average oil, it is well worth the investment. And, only a small amount is necessary to enjoy its incredible therapeutic properties. This rare oil offers a variety of benefits for the body, mind, and spirit.

You can reach for it to help to reduce digestive upset, support the immune system, and fight against seasonal threats. Moldavian Dragonhead can help calm the mind and boost the mood while relieving symptoms of restlessness and worry. An uplifting essential oil for the spirit, Moldavian Dragonhead can also lend a sense of courage and strength when needed.


The attractive aroma of Moldavian Dragonhead readily blends with other essential oils creating many opportunities to explore. One waft of Moldavian Dragonhead can lead the nose toward many appealing options to suit your own unique needs. To send you on your delightful lemony-scented journey, here are a few synergies to get you started, taking advantage of Moldavian Dragonhead’s benefits.

First, some essential information about blending with Moldavian Dragonhead:

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: For Moldavian Dragonhead essential oil, we recommend a maximum dilution of 1.7% for topical applications to avoid the risk of various safety issues. When working with synergies, please note any additional cautions for the other essential oils included.

Shelf Life: 2-3 Years

The synergies below are crafted as mini-master blends so you can sample and see if they suit your tastes. They are easily scaled up as needed into larger stock blends, or for specific uses.

You can add 5 drops per 100 ml of water to your diffuser, 15 drops to your personal aromatherapy inhaler, or use topically with the proper dilution ratios as noted.

Summer Lemonade

(For Inhalation or Topical Use)

A sniff of this brings to mind that tangy sweet scent of a balanced lemonade, handcrafted from your summer garden, with just a slight twist of herb from the summer sun.

Added to a diffuser or personal aromatherapy inhaler, this synergy can help you send you into serenity. It is uplifting, calming, and can soothe a sense of restlessness. Helping to ease worry and tension, it can also support rest and relaxation.

Diluted to 2% in your favorite carrier oil, this synergy would be wonderful in helping to refresh and relieve a tired body after overexertion.

*May substitute Lavender Fine Lavandula angustifolia essential oil.

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: For Moldavian Dragonhead essential oil, we recommend a maximum dilution of 1.7% for topical applications to avoid the risk of various safety issues.

Better Belly

Refreshing and soothing with a softly inviting clean and crisp scent, this synergy is easy on the sensibilities when used to help support a disturbed digestive system. Use to help calm an upset tummy, to reduce digestive discomfort throughout, and to help encourage an appetite.

This synergy can be easily taken with you on the go in case digestive distress shows up when out and about. For inhalation, add 15 drops to a personal aromatherapy inhaler. For topical application, add 5 drops to a 10 ml roller bottle with your favorite carrier oil, such as organic fractionated coconut carrier oil. Apply to the area of discomfort and massage gently in a clockwise direction.

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: For Moldavian Dragonhead essential oil, we recommend a maximum dilution of 1.7% for topical applications to avoid the risk of various safety issues. For Spearmint, we recommend a maximum dilution of 1.7% for topical applications to avoid possible adverse skin reactions.

Clear the Air

This fresh, cool, clean lemony scent can be diffused as a multi-purpose powerhouse. Cleansing and clearing, it can help freshen stale air while uplifting and revitalizing the senses. Inhaled through either your diffuser or a personal aromatherapy inhaler, it can support the immune and respiratory systems to help fight seasonal threats, or help with respiratory agitation and easier breathing if already on board.

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: For Moldavian Dragonhead essential oil, we recommend a maximum dilution of 1.7% for topical applications to avoid the risk of various safety issues. For Lemon Myrtle, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.7% for topical applications.


128 thoughts on “June Oil of the Month: Moldavian Dragonhead”

  • Really appreciate all the recipe ‘cards’ featured here! Is there 1 link that shows all recipe cards that we can download and print?

  • I really enjoyed this oil! I have used it on its own and am looking forward to trying the recipes listed in this blog post to further amplify the effects!

  • I thought this oil was very interesting as I had never heard of it before. I will have to try it for stomach upset. My grandmother gets sick very easily and takes Dramamine any time she goes anywhere. Hopefully this will help.

    1. Moldavian Dragonhead is really a lovely choice for stomach upset. I use it on long car rides when I’m dealing with motion sickness and it helps so much!

  • I’m traveling by charter bus soon and this is one oil that I’m excited to test out for stomach upset and motion sickness!

  • I am on the fence still about joining the OOTM club. $20 a month can be spent so many ways, and I may not be a miser, but I am choosy how I spend as I have so little to do so on myself. This article has nearly pushed me over the edge by simply mentioning dragons and my favorite candy. But, I must ask, and I do apologize if this was answered above, but how many ounces of this delightful oil were purchased for $20?

    1. The size of the bottles vary depending on the oil. In this case, it was a 2.5ml bottle as it is quite a pricey oil.

      1. Totally worth it I am sure. I am just worried about getting a 5ml bottle of something generic. I’m pretty frugal (strict budget), and stick to EOs I know benefit my health issues. Spending $20 isn’t a problem if I know it is something special with a quantity to match. I am in, and hope to stay in, the honeymoon phase with Plant Therapy. Maybe I will shift some money around and give it a go. Thanks for the quick response!

    1. Some of our past oil of the month features have been added to our regular stock. There are no guarantees, however. You could reach out to customer service and see if it’s still in stock.

  • So thankful that this oil came up at OOTM. I had previously done research and was very intrigued by the benefits. I found Melissa to be very helpful for anxiety and calming. When I opened my bottle of MD it smells identical.

  • Will be sure to try some of these recipes! So far i’ve been adding citrus and has helped. I know it’s a helpful oil & special from what people have shared.

    1. I hope you enjoy them! These were helpful for me too as Moldavian Dragonhead wasn’t my favorite by itself. 🙂

  • Interested in trying the Better Belly recipe – have to admit the OOTM didn’t smell that great upon first whiff so looking forward to blending it with something else for use!

    1. It wasn’t my favorite straight out of the bottle either, but it smells great paired with other oils. 🙂

  • I am so glad I decided to get this oil. At first smell I thought of fresh cut grass and lemons. I added a liittle orange sweet with it in the diffuser and it smelled so good!

  • I made better belly today in a 10ml roller. This will be one added to our travel bag 🙂

  • I missed some of the discussions about this oil, it isn’t kidsafe topically or diffused, correct?
    Looking to add new oils to our respiratory rotation for my kids, wanting to make sure before I add this one.

  • I’m really loving this beautiful oil! It reminds me of quiet, cozy mornings curled up with a book and a cup of herbal tea. Really hope that this oil someday joins PT’s regular lineup.

  • This oil reminds me of the smell of sweet tea that I use to have at my grandparents house. So lots of great memories. I’ve used to at night to help to keep me sleep and it’s done the trick, reducing waking up in the middle of the night and more deep sleep. Will get another bottle.

    1. It seems to have been pretty popular, so we’ll see what happens. Maybe it’ll get added to our regular stock!

  • Used this for the first time a couple nights ago with a couple drops orange sweet, and it smelled so good. I am so glad I decided to join the OOTM club.

  • I greatly appreciate the blends provided this month for Moldavian Dragonhead and especially CLEAR THE AIR. We love this one! It is so clean and crisp!

  • I’ve really been enjoying this OOTM! It’s fantastic with bergamot, and it’s great with just lemon as well! I’ve been diffusing with bergamot when I play the piano at night and it’s been a great addition to the atmosphere!!

  • The Lemonade blend sounds amazing, how many drops of lavender co2 would I use for this blend

  • This oil was a Game changer for me. I have stomach/intestinal issues amd this helped me so much by applying topically.

  • I wasn’t sure I was going to like this oil…but after trying it in the recipes provided, I find that it is rather amazing!

    1. That is so wonderful to hear, Deb! We are so glad the recipes helped make Moldavian Dragonhead an amazing oil for you!

  • I can’t wait to try these recipes. I have to say at first I didn’t like the scent but then I found myself continuing to open the bottle and take whiffs. I love that it smells fresh and lemony but also kind of green and earthy. The Summertime Lemonade recipe sounds amazing!

  • I subscribed and ordered just before midnight on June 30th. Nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh?! I can’t wait to get my first OOTM. I love Plant Therapy!

    1. Better late than never!! We are so glad you are part of our OOTM club now, you’re going to love it!

  • Thank you so much for the recipes. Tried the Clean the Air recipe this morning while cleaning and absolutely loved it.

  • Thank you for sharing these blends. i ordered a second dragonhead as a gift for my mother in law, and have not even used mine yet. now that i have these wonderful blends to try i will have to get diffusing befor the new ootm comes out.

  • I am excited to get it. I was on the fence about this, but decided to take the plunge. Thank you PT for providing us with wonderful oils.

  • Melissa has been on my wish list for awhile now but I haven’t yet purchased it because of the price. I was so excited when I got this OOTM in the mail and the sheet said it had some similar properties! I look forward to using it more and finding unique ways to incorporate it with my other blends. 🙂

  • When you say it is not kidsafe, is this referencing it is unsafe for topical use with kids? I am thinking of trying it for diffusing and my granddaughter is in my home every day. Is diffusing it at the rate you stated safe when children are in the home?

    Also, for the dilution rate for topical use for adults, can you remind me what the rate of 1.7% looks like? This kind of math is elusive to me 😉

    1. We do not recommend diffusing this oil around children under the age of 11. It would be about 4.6 drops of essential oils per 10ml of carrier oil for a 1.7% dilution.

  • I just started learning more about E.O. and was surprused that my firat month in OOTM landed me with such a gem. Thank you for the recipes, very excited to explore this oil more!

  • I am diffusing the summer time Lemonade blend as I write this..It does smell like lemon heads to me. This is great as I wasn’t crazy about it out of the bottle..it just smelled like grass to me. Looking forward to trying the other recipes. I love the addition of the graphics and the shelf life info!

  • Thank you! i’ve been struggling what to do with this oil since I got it for oil of the month. I will have to try these blends!

  • I can’t wait to explore this new moldavian dragonhead. I think this oil will surely a hit in our home.

  • This is a very interesting oil, not one of my favorites so far but I’m definelty going to give these recipes a try and see how things go from there. I’ll be dog sitting for my parents this weekend so I think “Clear the Air” will be a good on to try once their furry baby goes home.

  • I need to try this oil. It sounds like a great alternative to Melissa that is sadly out of my price range at this time.

  • Love the EOM and its smells very much of just earth and floral, I mixed it with lavendar and lemon and smelt amazing, looking for some roller ball ideas for encouragement.

    1. You are very welcome, Kelsey! We love being able to provide really unique oils to our customers 🙂

  • Got this oil at the beginning of the month. I was having stomach/intestinal issues at the time. I’ve been using the spillage in the baggy it came in. Trying to save as much as I can . I Will try to get a second bottle before Sunday . I never thought such a small oil could do so much.

    1. How would you describe it, Meghan? It’s funny how different everyone’s noses can be! 🙂

  • I got this oil at the beginning of the month, I’ve been using the spillage in the baggy it came in. Trying to save up as much as i can. I have some kind of stomach/intestinal issues and this seems to help. I Will try to figure out how’s to get a second bottle.

  • Just want to say how much I appreciate the graphics on the recipes on the blog posts. I just screenshot them and print them and add them straight to my recipe books. #iloveplanttherapy

  • I just tried the summer lemonade diffusion recipe and it’s absolutely lovely!! It’s very relaxing and calming. I’m really enjoying it!

    1. Kelli, it sure is! We love providing our club members with really unique essential oils 🙂

  • From the look of the EO description and everyone’s positive comments, I believe I’m going to have to rejoin the OOTM club. I’ve kind of taken a social media/life hiatus due to first time Mono at the age of 48. I’m finally coming back into the real world after 5 months down. I’m excited to get this EO ordered!!

  • Thank you for this amazing OOTM! Contrary to some other comments, I find the aroma lovely out of the bottle; it is fresh but not sharp – a mellow lemon or litsea. Thank you for the recipes; I’m always a bit nervous to experiment with such precious EO’s, but I look forward to trying the above suggestions. I am going to make myself a body lotion with it, lavender and a bit of orange 🙂 You guys are the best!

  • Sounds like a great oil! Would love to try it!!
    Is it only available to your ”oil of the month’ customers? I could not find it when I searched your website.

    1. It was an oil of the month oil. The oil of the month can be purchased on our oil of the month page. Unfortunately since it’s July, that is not an option for this oil. You could reach out to customer service to see if it’s still available to purchase through them. 😉

  • I havent heard of this EO before but I sure do love those lemon drops! Looking forward to adding this to my collection. Thank you!!!!

  • This sounds amazing! I’ve never heard of it but it sounds like it might help my daughters crohns symptoms so I think I’ll go grab some to try!

    1. Thank you for asking this question! Essential oils should never be added to water to drink. Oil and water don’t mix and the oils would not be properly diluted. Also, ingestion of essential oils requires advanced knowledge and training and is used by certified clinical aromatherapists in very specific instances. The recipes given in the blog give you a good start for how to use this particular essential oil for inhalation and topical use. You might be interested in joining our Facebook Group “Safe Essential Oil Recipes.” This group, sponsored by Plant Therapy and moderated by certified aromatherapists, is a great and welcoming place to ask great questions like this to help get you started safely on your journey!

  • Right out of the bottle I am not a huge fan (my husband liked it). I think next time one of us has a tummy ache I am going to try the better belly in my diffuser see if I like it better mixed with other oils.

    1. Hi Catherine, we are glad you will give it a try. We don’t recommend smelling essential oils out of the bottle to get the best sense of the aroma, especially for those that are more intense. It helps to add a drop to a tissue and gently waft it under your nose so the scent has a chance to breathe. Also, many oils may not be delightful on their own, but either they blend well with others or offer some awesome therapeutic benefits! Hope this helps!

      1. Thank you PT for the advice to add it to a tissue instead of just smelling from the bottle. This was the first oil I have not exactly liked the smell of. Once I put a drop on a tissue and gave it a min it was much better. This is one of the reasons I live PT. Knowledgeable people who truly care and are there to guide you. Thank you!

      2. Thank you! That is a great suggestion I will have to try using a tissue and see what I think of the oil!

  • oh my!!! I have never even heard of this oil!! Thank you for sharing this! I will have to try these out soon!

    1. Wonderful! We do our best to introduce interesting oils as features of the Oil of the Month. If you are interested in trying this, it will only be available for purchase through the end of the month, which is the 30th.

  • I really enjoy the lemony fresh scent of this oil. I had never heard of the Moldovan Dragonhead plant and was super excited to get this as the OOTM. Love the info and great recipes in this blog post. Thanks Plant Therapy!

    1. Wow! That’s awesome! It definitely has some amazing benefits. We are so glad you are enjoying this month’s selection! We were excited to be able to offer it!

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