Common Name: Cistus
Latin Binomial: Cistus landiferus
Other Common Names: Rock Rose, European Rock Rose, Labdanum
Production Method: Steam Distilled
Countries of Origin: Spain
Description of Oil: pale orange with a sweet, warm-herbaceous, musky-like odor
Description of Plant: small sticky shrub with lance-shaped leaves which are white and furry on the underside, fragrant white flowers
History, Folklore and Myth: Imported into Ancient Egypt from Crete. Combined with frankincense, myrrh and galbanum to make insence during the time of Christ.
Properties and Uses: antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative, vulnerary
Precautions and Contraindications: None known
Other Interesting Information: The gum is obtained by boiling the leaves and twigs in water. The oil is then obtained from the gum by distillation.
(LABDANUM, ROCK ROSE OR EUROPEAN ROCK ROSE)