Also known as Rock Rose or Labdanum, is an excellent fixative in perfumery. Helpful in meditation and counseling - has calming, stress reducing and mood uplifting properties. Cistus is a good choice as an addition to a lymph drainage massage blend, and in a warm compress, is said to be an effective treatment for swollen lymph glands.
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|County of Origin||Spain|
|Therapeutic Properties||analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-septic, anti-tussive, anti-viral, astringent, calming, cicatrisant, cooling, emmenagogic, expectorant, mucolytic, nervine, sedative, tonic|
|Approx. Shelf Life||4 years|
|Note Classification||Middle | Base|
|Method of Extraction||Steam Distilled|
|Blends well with||Bergamot, Clary sage, Cypress, Juniperberry, Lavender, Olibanum, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver.|
History: In ancient history, used as a fragrance oil.
Characteristics: Cistus Essential Oil is made from fragrant white flowers called rock rose. The plant creates a gum that is dissolved in solvent to create a musky, sweet thick substance. Cistus Oil creates balance and harmony. Considered a rare essential oil. True cistus oil is steam distilled from dried flowering plants. An inferior cistus oil can also be made from the steam distillation of the leaves and branches. Labdanum, used as a fixative in quality perfumes, is made from the gum produced when the plant is immersed in boiling water.
Indications: Used for mature skin, wrinkles, coughs, bronchitis and colds.
Mode of Administration: Bath, inhaler, massage, mist spray.
Safety: No formal testing, appears to be nontoxic. Nonirritating, non-sensitizing, avoid in pregnancy and with infants and children.