Rock Rose Tea – Cistus incanus for the Summer

Rock Rose Tea - Cistus incanus for the Summer

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Rock rose, also called Cistus incanus, is a plant that belongs to the Cistaceae family. It has strong health-promoting antioxidant, immunomodulatory, bacteriostatic, and antifungal activities. It’s also widely recognized as an all-natural insect repellant.

Rock rose tea drinkers swear by its health benefits. It’s one of our most popular teas, and we’re finding that it’s our hit tea of the summer.

Traditional Uses of Rock Rose Tea

According to the ancient stories, the Olympic gods determined which plants should assume a certain healing tasks. Rock Rose was assigned dual roles, one to heal the wounds of battle, the other to aid in skin and beauty care.

Today, rock rose tea is still used to help clear acne and support healthy hair growth. Ancient and current traditional uses for the tea include support for the treatment of inflammatory diseases and gastrointestinal issues. It’s thought to support lymphatic drainage and the elimination of heavy metals. In Mediterranean countries, the tea is consumed as tonic to reduce the severity and shorten the duration of the flu.

Natural Insect Repellant

Regular rock rose tea drinkers may suffer fewer mosquito bites and tick bites. (Many of these tea drinkers also understandably prefer a natural insect repellant to DEET.) Drink 2-4 cups a day of the tea for at least a week in order to realize its natural insect repellent effects.

Antiviral Immune Support

Novel therapeutic options are urgently needed to better address and improve the treatment of virus infections around the world. Herbal teas and extracts that have undergone significant scientific study are good starting points for identifying new antiviral activities. Many studies have revealed that rock rose tea shows potent and broad antiviral activity against viruses that cause life-threatening diseases in humans. Rock rose tea is a promising source of agents that target virus particles.

In addition to its antiviral qualities, the tea has powerful antibacterial and biofilm-breaking qualities. Studies suggest that the tea targets outer surface proteins, preventing the primary attachment method in biofilms. This action can also reduce the virulence and reproductive ability of the pathogen.

For these reasons, we’ve included rock rose extract as one of the six powerhouse extracts in our ShieldsUp! Immune Support Kit.

Powerful Phytoconstituents

The main active phytoconstituents of rock rose are flavonoid phenolic compounds, including gallic acid, rutin, and other flavonol glycosides based on quercetin, kaempferol, and myricetin. The diverse profile of phenolic substances provides strong antioxidant and other health benefits.

Rock rose tea is rich in bioflavonoids and polyphenols. It has several polyphenols that destroy free radicals, inhibit the formation and development of inflammation in the body, improve energy, and have a protective effect on the cardiovascular system. Through bioflavonoids, it works synergistically with vitamin C, enhancing its action. It also protects the mucous membrane of the stomach, supporting gastrointestinal health.

Rock rose may have an inhibitory effect on the multiplication of viruses, which can be used to battle colds and influenza. For many, it ameliorates cold and flu symptoms in about two days after drinking the first cup.

Healthy Rock Rose Tea for Summer

Cistus incanus makes a pleasant-tasting loose tea with a mild, slightly tannic, floral flavor. Because of its healing properties and its taste qualities, we recommend the tea for anyone seeking immune support, insect repellant support, and overall wellness. If you’re looking to optimize your health, you’ll find no better tea for summer.

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