The gum of Labdanum absolute, istus ladanifer, or essential oil was formerly used for treatment of catarrh, diarrhea, dysentery and to promote menstruation; externally it was used in plasters. It is also said to be useful for scrofulous skin conditions, ulcers and tumors, including cancers.
Labdanum is a small sticky shrub up to 3m high with lanceshaped leaves that are white and furry on the underside, and frangrant white flowers. Labdanum gum, a dark brown solid mass, is a natural oleoresin obtained by boiling the plant material in water. Labdanum is extracted by solvent extraction from the crude gum, the absolute, or from the leaves and twigs of the plant directly.
Labdanum absolute oil, istus ladanifer, blends well with the following essential oils: oakmoss, clary sage, pine, juniperberry, calamus, opopanax, lavender, lavandin, bergamot, cypress, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, olibanum, chamomile and oriental bases.
Labdanum oil cautions - Generally non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing. Avoid using during pregnancy.
Labdanum oil properties - Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antitussive, astringent, balsamic, emmenagogue, expectorant, tonic.