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CISTUS ESSENTIAL OIL

Common Name: Cistus

Latin Binomial: Cistus landiferus

Family: Cistaceae

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)

Cistus ladaniferus
Leaf/Stalk
Regular
Steam Distilled
Spain

Cistus Essential Oil Profile