Cistus Oil











Cistus oil is one of the early aromatic substances of the ancient world used as a fumigant to clear the air. This oil yields from a variety of rock rose. It was once collected in the wild by scraping it off of the beards of wandering goats grazing in the Grecian Islands.

Shepherd Boy Taking Goats to Graze on the Hills Below Chora, Patmos, Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Shepherd Boy Taking Goats to Graze on the Hills Below Chora, Patmos, Dodecanese Islands, Greece

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Botanical Name - Cistus ladaniferus and/or Cistus ladanifer

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Plant, aerial

Note Classification - Base

Aroma - Warm, sweet, dry, rich herbaceous

Largest Producing Countries - Spain, France and the Mediterranean

Traditional Use - Cistus is used in perfumery for its rich aromas. Medicinally it has been used for digestive and menstrual problems, and aging skin.

Properties - Antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent, emmenagogue, expectorant, tonic.

Benefits - Bronchitis, colds, coughs, mature skin care, nervousness, perfumery, wrinkles. Cistus is recommended in blends for aging skin care products.

Blends Well With - Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, lavender, juniper, moroccan chamomile, oakmoss, opopanax, patchouli, pine, sandalwood, vetiver.

Safety Data - Cistus oil generally is non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Avoid this oil during pregnancy. This resinous oil will stain clothing so use caution if you are adding it to a blend to wear as an essence.

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Nighttime View of Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysees, Paris, France

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