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Cistus (Rock Rose)
Cistus (Rock Rose)
Cistus (Rock Rose)
Cistus ladaniferus

Plant Origin: Spain
Method: Steam distilled from the gum after boiling leaves and stalks
Cultivation: Unsprayed (grown organically but not certified)
Chemical Family: Monoterpene
Aroma: Fresh, balsamic, herbaceous, warm, sweet, spicy
Note (Evaporation Rate): Middle
Key Constituents from GC/MS Analysis: Lot# CST-102
alpha pinene 50.71%
camphene 5.58%
bornyl acetate 4.42%
para cymene 3.28%
limonene 2.09%
Children? Suitable
Pregancy/Breastfeeding? Suitable
Therapeutic Uses
Cistus essential oil may support, aid, ease, soothe, reduce, calm, relax, promote and/or maintain healthy function of the following:
Bleeding, wounds and internal 
Immune System
Muscular pain
Oily skin
Skin ulcers
Stress relief
Sympathetic nervous system
Viral infection
Whooping cough
Wounds, including infected wounds 

Aromatherapy Literature Notes:
Leung reports that Cistus has antimicrobial activities against Staphylococus aureus, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans.

Mailhebiau recommends blending with Lavender and Dalmation Sage for bedsores and a combination with Cypress and Lavender for varicose ulcers. It has been used to treat chronic skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis and is considered one of the fastest acting oils to stop bleeding from an open wound. Cistus is reported to be a benefical massage oil for lymphatic drainage. It is highly recommended by aromatherapists for oily skin, acne mature skin and wrinkles (Battaglia page 252).

Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1-3 drops orally may help with internal bleeding.

Application Suggestions (See Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oilunscented lotion or unscented cream and apply on area of concern or as desired. Consider using a roll-on applicator for ease of application of prediluted oil.

Inhalation: Diffuse or use a personal Nasal Inhaler

Internal: Cistus is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French aromatherapy" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application.

Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1-3 drops orally may help with internal bleeding.
Click here for information about internal usage.
The following anecdotal testimonies have not been reviewed by the FDA.
The products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure disease.
Information shared on the HEO website is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice given by your trusted health care provider.
We believe that essential oils are provided by the Lord to support our health and well-being.
The Lord is our wisdom, protector and healer.
(Genesis 1:29-30, Ezekiel 47:12) 
1. I use Cistus and Cypress at 0.5% dilution for facial treatments - ah, wonderful! It helps with lymph drainage and under eye puffiness. Other oils to consider for facial treatments are: Juniperberry, German and Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum and Lavender. - Margie

2. Cistus (Rock Rose) is my newly discovered, favorite oil! I find the aroma to be very emotionally balancing, uplifting and relaxing. It also greatly relieves nausea and migraine headaches. I am looking forward to using this oil in the future, as it has a wide variety of therapeutic uses. - Emily

Hopewell Essential Oil blends with Cistus
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil.” We are not aware of a case where essential oil in the eyes caused permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider. 
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 251-253.
Leung, Foster Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics, 2nd edition, 1996.
Schnaubelt, Kurt Ph.D, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, p. 133. 
Worwood, Valerie Ann, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, New World Library, 2016, pages 579-580.