Cistus Essential Oil
Cistus is a small flowering shrub with fragrant white flowers.
- Botanical Family: Cistaceae
- Other Common Names: Rock Rose
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves
- Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
- Variations: Cistus is also available as an absolute. Labdanum comes from the same plant, but is a thicker absolute with an entirely different scent profile and is typically used for perfuming.
- Chemistry: Cistus is comprised of monoterpenes (α-pinene, ledene)
- Immune System: supports the overall function lymphatic and immune system
- Nervous System: used to support healthy sleep patterns and to relieve stress
- Skin: can be used for wound healing, irritated skin, and for mature skin
- Emotional: helps soothe emotional trauma, heart ache, grief, is grounding and centering for meditation
- Spiritual: Supports the Root Chakra focusing on security, survival, basic needs, grounding, and support; the Sacral Chakra focusing on emotions, sensuality, and creativity; Heart Chakra focusing on love, relationships, transformation, and integration; and the Third Eye Chakra focusing on intuition and imagination.
- Scent Profile: Base note that has a sweet, honey-like aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Cistus can last up to 400 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Floral
- Blends well with: Carrot Seed, Frankincnse, Helichrysum, Lavandin, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Rose, Rosemary ct. verbenone, Spike Lavender, and Yarrow.
- Can cause skin sensitization if oxidized. Old or oxidized oils should be avoided.
Products Using Cistus Essential Oil
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.