Cistus Therapeutic Uses – Cistus incanus, Rock Rose

Cistus Therapeutic Uses – Cistus incanus, Rock Rose

Cistus therapeutic uses include immune support and equally powerful support in repelling mosquitos, ticks, and other insects.


If you’ve been following our postsFacebook page, and Instagram page, you know we’re passionate about helping you optimize your health. We hope the information we’re providing is enabling you to build a base of knowledge and make informed health decisions. If you follow us, you also know we rigorously curate our collection. From our inception, we’ve focused on selling the 9 best teas and extracts to help you optimize your health.

Today, we want to introduce you to the newest addition to our collection: Cistus incanus. Cistus incanus is commonly called Rock Rose. We call it the Beautiful Healer. Below, we’ll highlight Cistus therapeutic uses to show why we chose to add this tea to our collection.

What Is Cistus Incanus?

Cistus incanus (Rock Rose) tea makes you despicably repellent to biting insects, including mosquitos and ticks. In traditional medicine, Cistus incanus tea been used as a cavity-preventing mouthwash. It has also been used as an anti-inflammatory, as well as used to speed wound healing, prevent ulcers, and promote heart health.

Despite its common name, Rock Rose, Cistus incanus isn’t a rose. It’s in the family Cistaceae. Native to the Mediterranean where it adapted to dry conditions and poor soil, it has been widely spread as a cultivated ornamental plant. It’s prized for its beautiful, abundant flowers and easy care requirements.

As with most plants, the growing conditions for Cistus incanus have a significant impact on the beneficial content of the plant and can impact the efficacy of Cistus therapeutic uses. At Linden Botanicals, we prefer to source our Cistus from Crete, the ancestral home of Cistus.

Cistus Key Characteristics

Cistus is a perennial evergreen shrub that can grow up to 36 inches in height. The plant’s flowers are pink to pink-purple. Cistus leaves are evergreen, opposite, simple, usually slightly rough-surfaced, and 2-8 cm long. Growing in the dry, often drought-like conditions of the Mediterranean, Cistus has adapted by developing unique glandular trichomes that secrete an aromatic resin. This resin helps the plant survive and is also beneficial to humans.

Cistus Traditional Uses

In legend, Cistus incanus is thought to be a gift from the gods. In fact, the ancient Greek gods and goddesses are said to have fought over what properties Cistus should have. The gods wanted it to help heal the wounds of battle; the goddesses insisted that it help preserve beauty. A stalemate ensued. The resulting compromise was to give Cistus both wound-healing properties and beauty-preservation properties.

As far back as the Minoan Empire, the ancient Greeks collected the resin and aerial parts of Cistus to help relieve almost all ailments, including common colds, digestive problems, breathing problems, anxiety, stress, infections, heart problems, fever, and skin disruptions.

Cistus Therapeutic Uses

Because of its long use in traditional medicine, Cistus has drawn considerable attention. There has been substantial modern interest in the potential of Cistus. Cistus therapeutic uses have been researched and analyzed in hundreds of scientific papers, including in vitro, animal, and human studies.

Properties that have been studied and found statistically significant include antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-retroviral, and wound healing.

Cistus has been shown to be a more potent antioxidant than green tea or elderberry juice. It has also been used to aid memory and to relieve many conditions, including anxiety, bad breath, the sore throat of the common cold, cough, eye problems, fever, gum disease, headaches, heart problems, itching from insect bites, mouth ulcers, respiratory problems, skin infections, and stress. You can learn more about Cistus health benefits here.

Cistus incanus – The Beautiful Healer

By now, you may think “Beautiful Healer” is a well-earned nickname for Cistus incanus. We do. But to be clear, we sell Cistus, not because it may relieve any specific condition but because we love how it supports the function of various body systems in a way that can help you optimize your health. (We’ve also included it as one of 6 super-botanicals in our proprietary Immune Support Kit.)

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