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Have you heard about Cistus incanus? Cistus incanus tea (also called Cistus tea and Rock Rose tea) has been the topic of many conversations in recent years due to its ability to make you repellent – at least to biting insects like mosquitos and ticks! Cistus incanus was the 1999 European Plant of the Year, making headlines for its many health benefits. In 2010, it made the news for its use as an insect repellent. It’s now making waves again for its benefits in helping the body deal with retro-viruses.

Cistus incanus tea is rich in bioflavonoids and polyphenols. Cistus tea ameliorates cold and flu symptoms in about 2 days after drinking the first cup. Studies have shown that Cistus has powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and biofilm-breaking qualities. These studies suggest that Cistus targets viral envelope proteins, preventing the primary attachment of the virus to host cells. This reduces the virulence and reproductive ability of the pathogen.

Cistus incanus Health Benefits

In traditional medicine, Cistus incanus has been used as an anti-inflammatory and a cavity-preventing mouthwash. It has also been used to heal wounds faster, prevent ulcers, and promote heart health. In laboratory studies, Cistus incanus shows antiviral and biofilm dissolving activity.

All-natural Cistus incanus tea can help you repel ticks and mosquitoes. Not being bit means less chance of exposure to tick-borne illnesses. Studies also show that Cistus incanus tea has potent antifungal activity against the fungal microorganisms Candida albicansCandida kruseiCandida glabrata, and Aspergillus fumigatus. Further tudies suggest that Cistus inhibits the action of viral envelope proteins in a number of different types of viruses. This inhibiting of the outer surface proteins can limit the ability of a virus to attach to host cells. And that’s good news.

Optimize Your Health with Cistus incanus

Cistus incanus tea shows promise as a highly effective antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and biofilm-breaking agent that may support the immune system against numerous types of infections. Due to its broad-spectrum activity, Cistus could be a highly beneficial supplement to health protocols for anybody seeking to overcome chronic infection and illness.


Ancient Greek and other traditional medicine systems suggest Cistus incanus tea may support:

  • Healthy immune function
  • Healthy liver function
  • Healthy heart function
  • Healthy skin
  • Healthy urinary function
  • Healthy inflammatory response

Serving Suggestion

Suggested use: Add 8oz (1 cup) of near-boiling, filtered water to 1/8 oz (about 3.5 grams) of whole herb. Let the Cistus incanus tea steep for 35 minutes. Drink two cups a day.

Additional Information

Traditional Uses >

Ancient stories tells us that the Olympic gods determined which plants should assume a certain task of healing. Cistus had dual roles, one to heal the wounds of battle, another to aid in skin and beauty care.

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

Other Names >

Ciste Rouge, Cistus, Cystus, Hairy Rockrose, Ladannik, Rock Rose, Rockrose, Zistrose

Phytochemicals >

Gallic acid, Gallocatechin-(4α-8)-gallocatechin , Gallocatechin-(4α-6)-gallocatechin1, Gallocatechin, catechin-(4α-8)-gallocatechin,Gallocatechin-(4α-8)-catechin, Procyanidin B, Epigallocatechin Catechin, Epicatechin, Myricetin-O-rhamnoside-O-hexoside, Myricetin-3-O-galactoside, Myricetin-3-O-glucoside, Myricetin-O-xyloside, Rutin Myricitrin, Quercetin-3-O-galactoside, Quercetin-O-xyloside, Quercitrin, Myricetin-O-rhamnoside-O-hexoside, Quercetin-O-rhamnoside-O-hexoside, 6″-O-(4-hydroxycinnamoyl)-astragalin, 6″-O-(4-hydroxycinnamoyl)-astragalin, Methylgallate, Gentisinic acid-O-glucoside, Uralenneoside, Hexahydroxydiphenoyl-glucose, Hexahydroxydiphenoyl-glucose, Ellagis acid-7-O-xyloside6, Ellagic acid, Rosmarinic acid7

Possible Side Effects >

No known side effects if consumed in moderation.