Cistus Essential Oil
Latin name: Cistus ladaniferus
Synonyms: Rock rose, Labanum, gum cistus, ciste, cyste (absolute), labdanum gum, ambreine, European rock rose.
Plant family: Cistaceae
Extraction: Steam distillation of the crude gum, the absolute, or the leaves and twigs of the plant directly.
Origin: Mediterranean mountainous regions and the middle East. The oil is mainly produced in Spain.
Plant characteristics: A small sticky shrub up to 3 meters high with lance-shaped leaves which are white and furry on the underside, and fragrant white flowers.
Cistus Essential Oil characteristics: A dark yellow or amber viscous liquid with a warm, sweet, dry-herbaceous musky scent.
Traditional use: One of the early aromatic substances of the aromatic world. The oil has many medical uses and is said to be useful for certain skin conditions, ulcers and tumours.
Cistus Essential blends well with: Oakmoss, Clary Sage, Pine, Juniper, Calamus, Opopanax, Lavender, Lavandin, Bergamot, Cypress, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Olibanum, Chamomile Maroc and oriental bases.
Cautions and comments:. Generally non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitising. Avoid during pregnancy.
Main chemical constituents: it contains over 170 pinenes, including Camphene, Sabine, Myrcene, Phellandrene, Limonene, Cymene, Cineol, Borneol, Nerol, Geraniol, Fenchone.
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.