Cistus (Rose Of Sharon)

essential oils Feb 20, 2017

Cistus (Cistus ladanifer) is also called "Rose of Sharon" and "Rock Rose". Cistus is a perennial shrub that grows wild throughout the Mediterranean and is often cultivated as a garden flower for it's beautifully sweet aroma. 

Cistus essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowers, leaves, and stems/twigs of the shrub. It may also be found for sale as a solvent-extracted "absolute". Cistus absolute (also called "Labdanum") has a deeper aroma and is preferred for making perfume. Steam-distilled cistus is better for therapeutic applications!

Aromatic Note:


Therapeutic Properties:

  • Analgesic
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antineuralgic
  • Antiseptic 
  • Antiviral
  • Anxiety (reduces)
  • Astringent
  • Bleeding (stops excess)
  • Cell Regenerating
  • Cough (eases)
  • Expectorant
  • Hemorrhoids & Anal Fissures (relieves)
  • Immune Modulator
  • Lymph (encourages drainage) 
  • Mucolytic
  • Nervine
  • Peaceful (promotes)
  • Respiratory (supports normal function)
  • Scars (reduces appearance of)
  • Shock (relieves)
  • Skin (relieves chronic conditions)
  • Trauma (helps deal with)
  • Wound (healing)


  • Warming
  • Drying


  • Warming for someone who feels numb or cold after a trauma or loss. 
  • Wonderful for insomnia as a result of fear or anxiety.


  • Grounding and centering for meditation.


  • Skin healing - new or old scars, infections, excess bleeding. The antiseptic and astringent properties of Cistus also make it perfect for oily or acne-prone skin.
  • Reducing inflammation - arthritis and muscle/joint pain.
  • Respiratory support - soothes coughing and loosens congested mucus.
  • Lymph - use with a warm compress to aid lymph drainage and reduce lymph node swelling. 


  • Old or oxidized oils should be avoided.
  • Store in a dark, airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Safe to use on most children 1+ years. 

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