|Latin name||Cistus ladaniferus|
|Synonyms||Rock rose, Labanum, gum cistus, ciste, cyste (absolute), labdanum gum, ambreine, European rock rose.|
|Extraction||Steam distillation of the crude gum, the absolute, or the leaves and twigs of the plant directly.|
|Origin||Mediterranean mountainous regions and the middle East. The oil is mainly produced in Spain.|
|Plant characteristics||A small sticky shrub up to 3 meters high with lance-shaped leaves which are white and furry on the underside, and fragrant white flowers.|
|Oil characteristics||A dark yellow or amber viscous liquid with a warm, sweet, dry-herbaceous musky scent.|
|Traditional use||One of the early aromatic substances of th aromatic world. The oil has many medical uses and is said to be useful for certain skin conditions, ulcers and tumours.|
|Blends well with||Clary sage, pine, juniper, lavender, lavandin, bergamot, cypress, vetiver, sandalwood, patchouli and chamomile maroc essential oils|
|Cautions and comments||Generally non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitising. Avoid during pregnancy.|
|Main chemical constituents||It contains over 170 pinenes, including camphene, sabine, myrcene, Phellandrene, limonene, cymene, cineol, borneol, nerol, geraniol, fenchone.|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.