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Cistus Essential Oil

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Rediscover the power of a deep breath with Edens Garden's Cistus essential oil. With its unique peppery and earthy aroma, Cistus has been a go-to for aiding in respiratory clarity for years. Imagine taking a breath of fresh air in an aromatic Mediterranean garden—that's what Cistus brings to your wellness routine.

Hailing from the Greek word 'kistos,' Cistus is a flowering plant that thrives in the rocky soils of the Mediterranean region. From Morocco and Portugal to the Middle East and even the Canary Islands, this resilient plant adds a touch of nature's beauty wherever it grows. And while its paper-thin flowers may not be fragrant, the essential oil derived from its sticky, resinous leaves and stalks sure is!

So, how can you incorporate Cistus essential oil into your daily life? It's simple! Diffuse a few drops when you need a clear breath or mix it with a carrier oil for a soothing chest rub. Remember to do a patch test before topical use. You could also add it to DIY skincare formulations for a natural touch. Now, isn't it time you experienced the earthy goodness of Cistus essential oil? Your body and mind will thank you!


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

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

Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to use Cistus essential oil?
  • There are several ways to effectively use Cistus essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Dilute 12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil and use in a skin-nourishing massage. 3.)Add 6 drops to ½ cup of castille soap and 1 cup of Epsom salt for added magnesium absorption. Add the mixture to your bath and soak up the goodness. 4.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use.
What does Cistus essential oil smell like?
  • The fresh, sweet earthy aromatics of Cistus has a deep, musky aroma that is somewhat smoky. It has undertones of balsam and is herbs and there is no other oil that can truly compare to this fascinating plant. Its resinous, sticky leaves and flowers are used to create this essential oil with steam distillation. The plant grows in very poor conditions - rocky, poor soil - that you have to wonder where on earth it is able to draw out its unique aromatic makeup.
What is Cistus essential oil?
  • Cistus essential oil, aka Rock Rose as it is known in England, is derived from the flowers and leaves of the plant. These flowers are so called Rock Rose because they carry a resemblance of single roses and have a preferred habitat that is rocky and grows in relatively poor soil. The essential oil is a base note with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and astringent properties which make it ideal for soothing skin issues from acne and rosacea to mature skin and even for sunburn and wound healing. It has been used for distressing emotional issues that deal with grief and longing. It also helps to guide you when dealing with uncomfortable situations.
What essential oil can be substituted for Cistus?
  • There are a few oils that can potentially be substitutes for Cistus but it depends on what you need it for. For emotional trauma and to calm the heart and mind, try Rose or Valerian. For skin remedies, turn to Tea Tree or Lavender, Rose or Neroli. To support womens issues Geranium and Clary Sage can best give comfort. To open the breath, try using Myrrh, Eucalyptus globulus and Benzoin.
What note is Cistus essential oil?
  • In perfumery, scents have ‘notes.’ A scent can be a top, middle or base note. Cistus is considered a middle note. Each aroma note reacts differently based on its volatility. Top notes tend to be the most volatile, meaning they don’t last that long after they’ve been exposed to air. However, top notes are generally the strongest aroma when you first smell a scent. On the other hand, base notes are the least volatile, meaning they last much longer and are not the strongest aroma when you first experience a scent but they grow stronger after being exposed to air.
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.

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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