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Cistus (Cistus incanus, Cistus creticus)



anti-allergic, detoxifying, anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, germicidal, antiviral, antioxidant

Areas of application:

Tick bites, flu, prolongation of life, wounds, skin diseases, inflammation in the body, loose skin, wrinkles, as a free radical catcher for many diseases including cancer, removes heavy metals, environmental toxins and tobacco residues from the body, acne, as protection for the stomach and intestinal area, build-up of the immune system, all inflammatory processes, supports cell metabolism and intestinal flora, inflammation in the mouth and throat, purulent tonsils, sweaty feet, neurodermatitis, diaper rash, fungal diseases in the genital area, rheumatism, arthritis

Plant parts used:

small twigs, leaves, flowers and resin

Collection time:

Late spring to summer

To find:

In Greece, Spain, Turkey and southern Italy, here you can keep it as a container plant.


Polyphenols (tannic acids, dyes), labdanum (resin), essential oils: borneol, zineol, eugenol, limonene, inulins, lots of vitamins C and E


☕ Tea: Pour 1/4 liter of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of flowers and/or leaves. Then let it steep for 5 minutes, filter and drink. If it steeps for too long, it becomes too bitter.

Decoction for gargling and washing: Add 2 heaped teaspoons of twigs to 1/4 liter of water and boil for 5 minutes. Then let it steep for 10 minutes and filter. Then store the decoction in the refrigerator and use it as soon as possible.

Studies in animals showed that animals had significantly fewer tick infestations when they were fed cistus. The investigations are still ongoing, but this is also the case in humans.

The wax covered by the leaves, labdanum, is obtained and is the basis of many regional healing ointments. It is also used in churches for smoking, as an incense substitute.


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