Cistus is anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, antihemorraging agent, neurontonic for the sympathetic nervous system and helps reduce inflammation. It may strengthen the immune system.
Cistus oil Cistus landifer also known as ambreine, is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of this small sticky shrub, which grows up to 3m high, having lance-shaped leaves that are white and furry on the underside, and fragrant white flowers. Cistus gum, a dark brown solid mass, is a natural oleoresin obtained by boiling the plant material in water.
Cistus essential oil has a rich, warm, spicy scent. The gum was formerly used for catarrh, diarrhea, dysentery and to promote menstruation; externally it was used in plasters. It is also said to be useful for scrofulous skin conditions, ulcers and tumors, including cancers.