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Cistus Essential Oil

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Taking a deep breath can revitalize our bodies and minds. With both a peppery and earthy aroma, Cistus essential oil has long been associated with clearing the respiratory system.

The word Cistus is from the Greek ‘kistos’, and is a flowering plant in the rockrose family Cistaceae. Perennial shrubs found on dry or rocky soils throughout the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal through to the Middle East, Cistus can also be found on the Canary Islands.

The paper-thin, beautiful flower is non-fragrant.  The essential oil is extracted from the sticky and resinous leaves and stalks through a steam distillation process.


Botanical Name: Cistus ladanifer

Origin: Spain

Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Leaves/ Stalk

Note: Middle - Base

Family: Cistaceae

Synonym: Labdanum, Rock Rose

Blends Well With: Vetiver, and other resins

Aroma: Peppery, earthy, and spicy

Consistency: Thin-Medium

Color: Light Brown

Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Cistus Oil batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Cistus ladanifer. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.

OK For Kids: 2+

Kids Max Dilution: 1%

Shelf Life: 1-2 Years

How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

SKIN BALM: To a 2 ounce squeeze bottle add: 5 drops of Cistus, 2 drop of Carrot Seed, 3 drops of Frankincense (Frereana), 6 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Helichrysum with 2 teaspoons of Rosehip and fill with Tamanu oil. Apply to dry or damaged areas 2-3 times daily to soothe the skin. (1.7% dilution)

QUICK FIX: Add: 1 drop of Cistus to 1 teaspoon of Rosehip oil. Apply to face, throat and the back of hands to nourish and soothe.

SKIN OVER 30: Mix together: 3 drops of Cistus, 3 drops of Frankincense, 2 drops of Helichrysum and 1 drop of Carrot Seed to 1 ounce of Jojoba oil. Apply to face and neck after cleansing morning and evening.

SUGAR SCRUB: To exfoliate and smooth the skin, mix together: 6 drops of Cistus, 4 drops of Geranium, 10 drops of Cypress, 6 drops of Tangerine and 10 drops of Frankincense with 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of Jojoba and 1/4 cup of Sesame oils. Stir to mix well. Use as a last step in the shower, on wet skin. Scoop out with a spoon and gently massage 1 tablespoon at a time over the entire body. Rinse away the sugar to leave the oils behind to soothe and tone. Do not get scrub wet to prevent contamination. (1.5% dilution)

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