Cistus Hydrosol / Rock Rose Hydrosol
Cistus Hydrosol is herbaceous 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.
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.]
Read AromaWeb's Hydrosol Safety Guidelines.