Known for its wound healing abilities. Also known as Labdanum.
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Notes & Use
Cistus essential oil shows antimicrobial properties against Staph, E. Coli and Candida. Cistus is known for its wound healing abilities. Effective for chronic conditions like psoriasis & eczema. Cistus acts fast to stop the bleeding from a fresh wound. It increases lymph drainage, is beneficial for acne & oily skin, as well as wrinkles & mature skin. Can be used for coughs, colds & bronchitis as well.
A small, wild growing shrub, Cistus has lanced shaped leaves that are white & woolly beneath and sticky on top, with fragrant white flowers. Can grow up to 3 meters high.
Traditional Folklore & Uses
The Egyptians, after importing Cistus from Crete, used the resin as a perfume & incense. It is said that in Christ’s time, an incense was made with Myrrh, Frankincense & “Onycha”, later identified as gum labdanum, which is extracted from the leaves of Cistus. It has been used since the Middle Ages in Europe to treat wounds & ulcers of the skin. The gum was used for diarrhea, dysentery, & catarrh. It has also been used as a fixative for perfumery.
Cistus is believed to help alleviate shock from traumatic events, and soothes the heart after a crisis, especially when someone is feeling cold, empty & numb. It’s beneficial for meditation, as it has centering qualities that help one to visualize, and to bring those vision to light. Woodward suggests using Cistus with those who experience a disconnection from their spiritual self & being in fear. Helps to connect to the spirit realms with ease.
Recipes & Blends
Skin sensitization can occur if the oil is oxidized.
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