All About Cistus
The aroma from cistus, also called rock rose, has been used for a calming effect. This is likely related to the alpha pinene content. Its constituents may also offer neuro-protective potential related to diseases like Alzheimer’s. Leaves from the shrub have been traditionally used for diabetes, diarrhea, inflammation, and skin ailments.
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Latin Name: Cistus ladaniferus
Other Common Names
- Rockrose, labdanum, ambreine, ciste, red cistus, ladania, luvidkia, ledoni, xistari, heliantemo, helianto
- There are multiple species of cistus
Cistus is a flowering perennial shrub of the Cistaceae family growing on dry rocky soil in the Mediterranean
Leaves are prepared fresh or dried. For making a tea, steep 1 Tbsp of dried herb, or 2 Tbsp of fresh herb in 2 cups of boiled water for five minutes. Strain and drink.
Essential Oil Description
Oil is solvent extracted or steam distilled from the gum resin (called labdanum), or from the leaves and twigs. The oil is pale orange or yellow with an aroma that is warm, herbaceous, fresh, spicy, floral, dry, and woody.
- Pinene / Alpha Pinene / Delta Pinene / Beta Pinene
- Bornyl acetate
- Veridifloral / Viridifloral
- 1,8-cineole / Cineole / Eucalyptol / Cajeputol