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Home Page > Hydrosol Profiles > Cistus Hydrosol

Cistus Hydrosol / Rock Rose Hydrosol

Cistus Hydrosol is herbacious and a bit harsh. I don't imagine that many people seek out Cistus Hydrosol for its aroma. I find it a bit unpleasant on its own, but it's nice when blended with other hydrosols and other aromatics.

Botanical Name: Cistus ladanifer

Aromatic Strength: Medium

Shelf Life: Up to 2 years if stored properly (refrigeration is recommended).

Reported Properties, Uses and Applications: Suzanne Catty states that Cistus Hydrosol is astringent, cicatrisant, styptic and is useful for wound and scar care as well as in anti-wrinkle prevention and plumping skin cells. For emotional work, Catty states that it's useful at times of distress and shock. [Suzanne Catty, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2001), 84-85.]

Len and Shirley Price report that Cistus Hydrosol are antiviral, antiwrinkle, astringent, cicatrizant, immunostimulant and styptic. They also state that the french text L'aromatherapie exactement indicates that Cistus Hydrosol may "have the capacity to bring about certain mental states where the patient is 'disconnected', which can be put to good use with those who have a dependence on certain drugs by helping them to break the habit (Franchomme & Pénoel, 1990, p. 300) [Len Price and Shirley Price, Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals (London: Churchill Livingstone, 2004), 104.]

Safety Information: Read AromaWeb's Hydrosol Safety Guidelines.

Helpful Sources of Information About Cistus Hydrosol:



Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy
Author: Suzanne Catty
Publisher: Healing Arts Press
Copyright: 2001
ISBN: 0892819464 / 978-0892819461
Pages: 352



Understanding Hydrolats: The Specific Hydrosols for Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals
Author: Len Price and Shirley Price
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Copyright: 2004
ISBN: 0443073163 / 978-0443073168
Pages: 300



Essential Waters: Hydrosols, Hydrolats & Aromatic Waters
Author: Marge Clark
Publisher: Nature's Gift, Inc.
Copyright: 2014
ASIN: B00LDBDBCY (Kindle eBook)
Pages: 57 (Estimated)

Disclaimer: The hydrosol information and safety precautions provided within this area are intended for educational purposes only. The data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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