Cistus essential oil, cistus ladanifer, or Rose of Sharon oil. The gum was formerly used for catarrh, diatthea, 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.
Cistus essential oil, cistus ladanifer, also commonly known as labdanum essential oil. A small sticky shrub up to 3m high with lanceshaped leaves that are white and furry on the underside, and fragrant white flowers. Cistus gum, a dark brown solid mass, is a natural oleoresin obtained by boiling the plant material in water. Cistus is extracted by steam distillation from the crude gum, the absolute, or from the leaves and twigs of the plant directly.
Cistus essential oil, cistus ladanifer, blends well with the following essential oils: oakmoss, clary sage, pine, juniperberry, calamus, opopanax, lavender, lavandin, bergamot, cypress, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli, olibanum, moroccan chamomile and oriental bases.
Cistus oil cautions - Generally non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Cistus essential oil properties - Antimicrobial, antiseptic, antitussive, astringent, balsamic, emmenagogue, expectorant, tonic.