Cistus Ladanifera

Cistus Ladanifera

A perennial shrub of the Mediterranean maquis, its white flowers have purple spots at the base of the petals, called "blood tears". Its branches produce a sticky exudate that protects the plant from dehydration. This fragrant resin, or labdanum, gives this essential oil its distinctive scent: first heady, warm and amber, then woody and enveloping.

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This Mediterranean shrub with white flowers produces an essential oil that is unmistakable by its aroma and viscosity. Its composition is surprisingly complex, since almost all families of aromatic molecules are represented.

Cistus essential oil is known for its powerful haemostatic and healing properties. In combination, it helps to combat autoimmune diseases and in particular inflammations of the digestive tract. On the cosmetic level, it can be incorporated in small quantities (1 to 3%) into a base cream to make an excellent astringent and anti-wrinkle product.

The complexity of the EO of cistus is of course verified by its aroma, because it is the very type of heady scent at first sight, but evolving with perception. It is used for the warm envelopment it provides, which soon wins over the soul.

This summary is given for information purposes: it is a synthesis of the properties described in recognised aromatherapy books and/or in accordance with ancestral and popular traditions. The properties* presented are taken from the book 'Aromathérapie Corps et Ame' by André Bitsas, published by Amyris. It is in no way a medical information or a list of indications. 

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Skin type
Dry skin,  Normal skin,  Sensitive skin,  Wrinkles & fine lines,  blemished skin
Slow cosmétique label
Calm & soothing