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Cistus Essential Oil

Cistus (Rock Rose)
Cistus (Rock Rose)

Cistus is also known as Labdanum or Rock Rose.

Aromatically, Cistus Oil is an intriguingly complex, rich balsamic oil that is well suited for use as a fixative in natural perfumery and fragrancing applications. It blends well with a number of other oils especially those in the wood, spice and floral families.

Emotionally, I find it to be a highly grounding and balancing oil. Spiritually, I can see it being helpful during moments of prayer and meditation.

Robbi Zeck indicates that Cistus Oil can be helpful in times of crisis, trauma and emotional pain. [Robbi Zeck, ND, The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation (Victoria, Australia: Aroma Tours, 2008), 72.]

See the Uses section for additional uses and applications.


Cistus Oil
Cistus Oil
    


Botanical Name:
Cistus ladaniferus

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled (Also Available as an Absolute).

Part Typically Used: Flowers and Leaves

Color: Golden Yellow

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Base

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

Aromatic Description: Fresh, balsamic, woody, herbaceous and slightly spicy/floral.

Cistus Oil Uses: Antiseptic, anti-microbial, astringent, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative vulnerary. [Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 2003), 252.]

Used as a fixative in natural perfumery and can act as a substitute for ambergris. [Jeanne Rose, 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols (Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd, 1999), 98.]

Major Constituents:
a-Pinene
Camphene
Hexen-1-ol
Trimethylcyclohexanone
Bornyl acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.
[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 93-95. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1993), 91-92. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils, Number 4. (Perfumer & Flavorist 24, 1999), 41-50. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 250.]

Safety Information: Tisserand and Young recommend avoiding oxidized Cistus Oil. They advise that skin sensitization is possible if the oil has been allowed to oxidize. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 250.]

Shelf Life: Click here for shelf life details.

 

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